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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me,
Welcome to BBC Channel Islands on Thursday December 22nd.
Caught by American intelligence. The prison worker from Jersey jailed for
sending indecent images of children. Growing generosity -
how a few presents turned into a huge pile and are now
on their way to local children. The legacy of Alan Whicker,
and how it s helping It has been a privilege to be able
to support this hospital in Alan's name. Because sight meant everything
to him. An IT officer at Jersey's prison has
been jailed for 18 months for distributing indecent
images of children. 28-year-old Simon Edward Gascoyne
was caught after Homeland Security Simon Gascoyne on his way to HMP
La Moye after being jailed Gascoyne, who worked at the prison,
had been sharing indecent images Jersey Police found post-it notes
with evidence of online user names Today, the court heard Gascoyne had
used a mobile phone app to share at least 12 images
with seven different groups. Some of the images were in
the most severe category. He was caught after US
authorities sent Jersey Police a disk of evidence showing
his online activity. And a later investigation showed
he'd accessed pornography - albeit legal - while at his desk
at La Moye. The court heard Gascoyne claimed
he didn't know why he'd done it, he didn't find images
of children sexually appealing, and that he was only
interested in trading images. He described his own behaviour
as disturbing, and said sharing Solicitor General Mark Temple -
acting for the prosecution - said the former IT worker recognised
he'd ruined his life. His defence advocate,
Pierre Landick, said Gascoyne knew his behaviour had
been repugnant and abhorrent and asked for a sentence
of community service. The court heard he was fearful
of prison having worked there. But the judge, William Bailhache,
said the community would expect a jail term, although he recognised
the defendant needed help. Gascoyne is now back at La Moye
but on the other side of the bars. Well, the BBC asked the prison
for an interview but instead "There was no evidence of illegal
activity performed on States We have robust content filtering
in place for all users of States systems, which prohibits access
to pornography and other unsuitable Hundreds of people trying to leave
and arrive in the islands by ferry in time for Christmas have had
to rearrange their journeys. The Condor Liberation service
between the Channel Islands and England has been cancelled
tomorrow because of bad weather. The company says it's been making
sure everyone can still get to where We all have seen, just by looking at
the national news and weather forecast, this big weather front
coming through. I think we all understand that. One thing for sure
is that neither the masters of our ships or the operations team, if the
weather is such that it is not safe on appropriate to sail, we will
cancel the ceiling. We do not wish to do that and we don't want to do
it and we know about the disruption it causes. But, frankly, it is the
best thing to do. The BBC has agreed to take over
the cost of providing free TV licences for eligible islanders over
the age of 75 in Jersey. The BBC will pick up the bill
from 2018, saving the public purse more than a quarter of a million
pounds by 2020. The new licence deal
between the corporation and the island's government also
included a commitment from the BBC to continue to provide Jersey
with radio and television services. A reward's being offered
for information that helps catch and convict the person responsible
for a "serious assault" A 33-year-old man walking home
after a night out is believed to have had his head stamped
on in Guelles Road last Friday, So far, nobody has been arrested
and Crimestoppers is now offering a reward of up to ?1,000
for information which The team's been been chosen
to organise the 2021 When Jersey hosted
last year, thousands In five years, it'll be Guernsey's
time to shine as hosts. Julia Bowditch, who was a venue
manager at the London Olympics, has been named as the Games Director
to work with the chairperson and Specsavers co-founder
Dame Mary Perkins. The committee of nine will start
early in the new year, when the event logo will
also be revealed. Christmas is a time for giving,
and while many islanders will spend the Sunday opening presents
and tucking into a turkey dinner, there are of course some
who are less fortunate. Three years ago, a Jersey woman
started the online group A Gift For Christmas,
appealing for donations Charlie McArdle has
been finding out more. It started as a simple idea,
helping somebody less Three years on and it's snowballed
with the help of social media. Once I set up the page, within one
hour, there was 100 plus likes. That is amazing. I started to get
messages and loss of support. People suggested they would help us, which
was fantastic. Since then, it has absolutely grown to what it is
today, which is huge. Food, toys, toiletries and treats
donated by islanders They go to three Jersey charities,
including The Grace Trust, We assist them by providing food
parcels for them. They appeared with a truck to pick up the food and I
had to send them away to get a bigger lorry. I think they were
amazed by how much we had collected. This Christmas, the team
of volunteers have already wrapped For us, it is about being able to
just have the satisfaction that they are getting something on Christmas
Day. A lot of us take for granted being able to what down the stairs
on Christmas Day and have a pile of presents under the Christmas tree.
We're not all that fortunate. And the project has become
so popular, they hope to spread even He once said he counted himself one
of the luckiest men in the world. Now, his legacy is helping
some of the unluckiest. A foundation set up in memory
of the journalist and broadcaster Alan Whicker, who lived in Jersey,
has been tackling child His widow's been to Uttar Pradesh
to see the difference it's making, Alan Whicker was best known
for travelling the globe reporting But his partner of more than 40
years says it was what he saw when the cameras stopped that made
the biggest impression. The thing about India is that a
graduate by the throat and choo-choo into consciousness. You cannot abhor
what you see. Everything is exaggerated and extreme -- cannot
ignore. The colours, noises, wealth and poverty. Very difficult for
Alan. Because under that clipped moustache, there was quite a soft
heart. He did not like the idea of climbing over huddled bodies to
drink champagne on a moonlit terrace with a film star. It made him feel
quite ill. Going to school and learning
is a way out of poverty for children here, but sometimes something
incredibly simple gets in the way. Children with bad eyesight aren't
able to follow lessons at school, and they can't afford to get glasses
or the help they need. That's where the
Vision Van comes in. Paid for by the Whicker's World
Foundation, it's a mobile one stop shop to help children
with sight problems. They've been doing the first-ever
eye tests at schools in the region. It is amazing to see all the
schoolchildren. Over 600 children here and at least 90 have been on
the Vision van. Many have had treatments allowing them to get
glasses, which is amazing. If you can identified things early, they
have a much better chance of getting out of politics. -- poverty.
The foundation's also paid for a children's ward in one
of the few eye hospitals in Uttar Predesh.
So the Channel Islander famous for seeing the world has been
helping some of the world's poorest children see it too.
I am so glad that Alan has enabled us to do something, even however
small, to make a difference. So, darling, if you're listening, I am
not using all those girls. Thank you.
Let's take a look at tomorrow's forecast now with David Braine.
Good evening. I think Christmas this year is likely to be quite a mild
one. It will also be quite windy. The winds increase steadily through
the day tomorrow. It will be a bright start. Rain later,
particularly after dark. It also becomes increasingly windy west,
four a short while, gale force winds. The reason is the area of low
pressure. It is a long way away from us at the moment. This lump of cloud
on the other side of the Atlantic will stop at it is moving fast. The
centre of the low-pressure passes between Scotland and the Faroe s.
Along the leading edge of the weather front, the isobars are
squeezed up together and that is a strong gust of wind. It could well
be for a couple of hours we have blustery winds. By Christmas Eve,
and area of high pressure across Spain and Portugal down here.
Westerly winds for us. Even know whether France approach from the
West during Christmas Day, I do not think we will have many problems
associated with that. Christmas Day itself could be rather grey with
spots of rain here and there. But it is mild. Overnight, a few showers.
Not many. Enough clear spells in between showers to low temperatures
to get well into double figures. Predominantly dry. With clear skies,
temperatures dipping to six or seven. It is quite chilly to start
tomorrow. The breeze will continue to increase through the morning
tomorrow, which is bright and largely dry. By the middle of you --
afternoon, there is more cloud. By the end of the women," is a bricks
of rain and gusty winds are associated with that as well. 11
Celsius will be the maximum temperature tomorrow. If you are
travelling, particularly by ferry, you need to check the details.
Strong winds will whip up pretty big waves on the English Channel. For
all of us are across the islands, we could have shot gusts of wind up to
45-50 mph. Here are the times of high water... Some quite big waves,
for many of our beaches, dangerous conditions once winds get going. The
best of the surf through the morning. Here are the winds on the
coasts. Quite weather for Spain and Portugal
here after wet weather in last year weeks. It is dry. Quite cool across
central France and eventually the rain will turn up here. Christmas
Eve is blustery with some showers. Christmas Day is mild and breezy.
Have a good night. You're up-to-date with the latest
news for the Channel Islands. I'll be back with your
news at 10.30pm. The Boconnoc Estate,
which owns the land, says the overgrown beech hedging
along the Glynn valley had to be chopped down because branches
were dropping onto the road. The richly verdant Glynn Valley
near Bodmin stimulates the senses of any motorist
travelling along the A38. That was until, during overnight
closures of the arterial route, saw a swathe of beech trees of
more than a mile long cut Obviously, to have done them as it
should have been done, cutting out the larger ones
and allowing smaller ones to grow so that over the years
they are coppiced, The estate who owns this land
says they cut the trees because of squirrel damage
and the danger of branches falling Wildlife experts say squirrel
populations are so vast here that the amount of damage
to trees with them ripping off the bark to get to the sap
below is a real problem. Nationally, squirrel damage
to forests is costing more This, on top of larch disease,
ash dieback and sudden oak death, causes poses a real threat
to our green and pleasant land. The Forestry Commission
says it supports what it describes as a coordinated,
targeted and locally delivered control of what is
increasingly seen as a pest. Baking has become a favourite past
time for many after the huge success But in one village in Dorset
volunteers have decided to combine learning how to make bread
with helping others. The project based in Sutton Poyntz
near Weymouth gives people a chance to practise their kneading
and cooking, and the end products are handed over to charities
who are supporting the homeless Our Dorset reporter
Simon Clemison has been meet Right, ladies and gentlemen, today
is our last meeting before Christmas, and we're going make a
centrepiece is mystery lunch. -- Christmas tree.
It must be particularly lonely at Christmas, being on the street and
on your own. It must be great to feel people care about you.
Are you making bread? You concentrate on meeting the
dough. The smack needing the dough. We have at least one day where we
bake in our kitchens and take them down somewhere where homeless people
need food. You have busily been baking bread on
a larger scale, but is it the simplicity of baking for someone
else that draws so many people in? Yes, these bakers love to make bread
in their own homes. They want it to be a special craft that they have
learned, and they are passing it on to someone who really needs it.
This is just a white loaf, it has been put into a Platt.
Hopefully today it will go off to one of the charities, and one hopes
that they will get to eat it. Right, marvellous!
It shows people that they are being thought of. To those who do not
always appreciate and respect the nature of some of the people that
use our service. We have got to say thank you to the
bakers at some point. Snow White,
seven Devon cream tea eating dwarves Plymouth's Theatre Royal's pantomime
is well underway and believe you me, It's a family tradition for many
at Christmas so Victoria took to the stage to speak to two
of the stars who are thrilled Well, being a Christmas baby,
I went to pantomime every year I absolutely loved it,
but shows certainly have changed if you're going to meet any dragon,
this is the one to meet. What do you think of
the show so far, Dillon? Let's go and meet some
of the characters in this pantomime. Lesley Joseph, Duncan James,
thank you for doing this for us. If you look at the set,
which is absolutely glorious, but as an audience you see wonderful
dancing, you see real comedy, you see magic happening,
you get dragons going out of the audience, and as an artist
you can pull the audience and, you can let them laugh,
you can make them cry. And it is a wonderful
theatrical experience, It must have had to change over
the last so many years, though, because it has to become more
relevant for people. There is so much on television,
so much to do these days. But ours is quite
traditional, isn't it? But what is really lovely also
is some of the first time kids have actually had an opportunity to come
out of the house and actually We are consumed their television
programmes, in front of the television, it's very
difficult, especially, to drag kids So for a lot of them,
this is their first And you know an awful
lot about Devon. I grew up and did all my schooling
down here, so I'm a local boy, I got all my school friends coming
to see me during this run. Quite nice to be here?
It is nice to be here, I'm spending Christmas where I used to live, and
we are staying on the beautiful Plymouth Hoe. It is so stunning and
beautiful here. We went out last night. We went to the Dolphin.
Love all that. It was great to be among all the
locals and felt really special. I have to ask you both, tricky
question, being in Devon, jam or cream?
Absolutely, cream and then jam. I'm the other way round. Jam first
and then the cream. The Spotlight viewers will go mad.
I'm not sure now. I'm nervous unless I said the wrong thing.
Thank you so much for talking to us, we really appreciated.
Fancy starting the cream tea debate all over again!
Now for the latest in our series of visits on the steam train.
Now it's time to take your seat on the Spotlight Express once more
as we visit another of the region's festive steam trains.
We're back in Cornwall tonight on the Bodmin
The branch line was built in the late 1800s and runs close
to the Lanhydrock Estate which is celebrating
All aboard the Spotlight estate! -- express!
We have been running this now for about 30 years, so in fact, you have
got generations coming along, because I used to bring my children,
and last Sunday my children brought their children.
The rail line skirts the Lanhydrock estate, whose Victorian owners
benefited when it was built. When it was determined that Boston Parkway
was going to be the station, it effectively cut the town of --
Bodmin. And it wasn't until the branch line was established between
Ottoman Parkway and Baldwin town, -- Bodmin Parkway and Bodmin town. He
was financially compensated because he lost money, but he also had the
extension to his private drive taken up to Bodmin Parkway, which was paid
for by the great Western Railway. Inside the house, all the trappings
of a well-to-do Victorian Christmas. Christmas was huge, and there are
records of the family coming down from London or from Cambridgeshire
to come down to have a proper Cornish Christmas.
Back on the steam train, and these children have an appointment with
the man in red and white. A robot and low in the dark
dinosaurs. Presents delivered and children
happy, this one is redundant branch line now fully connected to
Christmas. -- once redundant. Well, Christmas is drawing ever
closer, tonight is mine and Justin's last Spotlight together before
the big day, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to
catch up on all our seasonal fun. Knit and Pearl the Robins are here,
as is Leigh the Christmas tree. There have been many fun festive
moments over the last few weeks, including one which nearly
caught us out! Now, you may think you know all
there is to know about famous reindeer at Christmas, the red nose,
the sleigh guiding, but you have not met Bertie from Somerset.
With a tide of his ears he delivers a thank you gift, in the shape of a
box of mince pies. There they go again! Bertie the blue nosed
reindeer, he will be in Taunton on Friday for an event celebrating the
work of local charities. Thank you! Anything else?
We laughed at that, didn't we? He has been working hard for an aged
charity in Somerset, and he has been travelling on the M5ever since the
last week. And here he is! In the studio.
I didn't know... ! A bit of a surprise.
You go to his back end, because I have got a Christmas present for
you. Do you ready? Are you ready? There is your Christmas present from
me, just in. Merry Christmas. I genuinely did not know that was
coming! We have been keeping it a secret
from you all day. We thought we would cheer you up this Christmas
will stop what do you think? What wisdom -- what present have you got?
A chocolate log! Lord Dear. Bertie the blue nosed reindeer in
the studio. And thank you and much to everyone
who sent business cards and Christmas gifts -- Christmas cards.
Thank you very much for remembering. Lots of people have written from all
over the UK, expat who tune in to Spotlight from all over the country
and Europe. Let's see what the weather is great belike for the few
days. Looks like we're grey to have a mild
and grey Christmas, because there is all cloud screaming in the Atlantic.
Low-pressure arriving tomorrow, Christmas 2016 likely to be windy
and mild. We do have a warning from the Met Office about the strength of
wind for tomorrow. Before we get to Chris was, we could have costs of up
to 50-60 mph. That area of low pressure has been given a name, it
has been cold Barbara. It travels up towards Scotland and arrives through
the day tomorrow. The strongest winds will be in the northern half
of the country, but once this weather have -- front arrives, it
brings heavy rain and lively gusts of wind. That moves through, and by
the time we get to Christmas Eve, a blustery west, south West wind,
relatively mild, briefly some sunshine, generally cloudy. Chris
was day itself, no chance of anything wintry -- Christmas. We
will have an unusually mild crisp as day. -- Christmas Day.
We will see some of the strongest gusts of wind, but they will ease
and become more westerly is that weather front goes through. The
cloud and showers we have seen today will probably continue this evening
and overnight tonight, but in between the showers we have had an
awful lot of fine weather, which is nice, and some sunshine. Our
cameraman enjoying lovely sunshine at this estuary. It has been quite a
pleasant day, a good day to be out and about enjoying the fine weather.
And the sunshine. It will be different tomorrow because of the
strength of wind and the rain coming in. No chance of seeing those
temperatures that could give us any frost, although temperatures tonight
will fall, a lot of the showers will fade away, we will get clear skies
later on tonight, so a touch of frost briefly by tomorrow morning.
Temperatures starting the day between 2-4 . Briefly some sunshine
in the morning, but quite quickly the clouds streaming in and the
weather front arriving. Gusts could be 30, 40, even 60 mph in that rain
band. It clears from the West later in the day, with a top temperature
of 12-13 . There is the forecast for the Isles of Scilly. Windy with rain
for daytime, then turning much drier as that weather front goes through.
The times of high water... Big waves for surfers, and perhaps
the cleanest surf will be along the north coast, because once the wind
gets going, that is likely to be very messy indeed.
The coastal waters forecast reflecting the strength of wind.
Christmas eve is going to be blustery, rather cloudy, with a few
showers, and Christmas Day, mild and breezy. Have a good evening.
Thank you stop I usually know everything in the running order, but
not this evening! Can't believe I managed to keep it a
secret Alde! That all from us today. Have a wonderful Christmas, look
forward to seeing you in the New Year. Happy Christmas, good night.