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Good evening and welcome to BBC Channel Islands.
Making the news on this Friday night:
Robbed at knife-point, the terrifying experience of one Jersey
shopkeeper. How much time off should
a new parent be allowed? Businesses and parents are asked
to help shape future laws. We should have longer maternity
leave. It is nice to bond with your children and the dads should have
that extra bit of time. The Channel Islands expertise
which is giving this seal And quiet would be a good way to
describe this weekend, lots of cloud around, generally a bit warmer, and
I'll have all the details later in the programme.
A Jersey shop owner was left badly shaken after being
robbed at knife-point in St Helier last night.
It happened at about 7:20pm
at Temple Stores in Stopford Road. The owner wasn't hurt.
The police would like people who live and work in the area to help
with their inquiries. Our reporter Julie Flanagan
is there for us now. Last night was a normal night
for shop owner Bruno Alves. He only took it over
five months ago. He was at the back
making a cup of coffee, heard someone coming in,went
to serve the customer and saw what he described
as a massive knife. You can imagine how
terriying it was. He's too shaken to be on camera
but he told me it felt He was so scared, and all he could
think about was his two boys. So what are they saying
about the investigation? Well around ?800 was stolen,
so this is a significant crime, not only of theft
but for the violence involved. Detective Inspector Steve Langford
is leading the case and says it's Well, this is clearly quite a
desperate act carried out by a callous individual. It is difficult
to excess -- to assess the reasons why this occur. We suspect that the
individual could have been casing the shop, to see if it could
identify a potential target later in the day. Jersey is a very safe place
and we would reassure the community that these incidents are not very
common. The police also say the man they're
looking for is around 6 foot tall, They say he was wearing a black
leather jacket with a silver hoodie. Unfortunately security cameras
in the shop had stopped filming so the police really want
help from people who were in the area at around 7:30pm last night
or earlier in the day Mr Alves has opened the shop up
today as usual even though he's been so shocked by the robbery,
but it has made him think twice about security and has made him
worried his wife working there. Today he said he was still shaking
from the shock of the ordeal. That's almost 24 hours after his
ordeal. Parents in Jersey could get more
time off work after their baby's born, depending on the outcome
of a consultation. The government's asking for people's
views on extending statutory There's criticism the island's
behind the times for not providing
as much leave as the UK. A picture of quality family time:
parents and children playing at this But how family-friendly
are the island's employment rights? The current rights came
into force just over a year ago, making it compulsory
for workers to get than in the UK, so do parents
in Jersey feel it's enough? I don't think it is enough. We
should have longer maternity leave. It is nice to bond with your
children. And for dads, as well, to have that bit of time to spend with
their children and help out with setting a routine and things like
that. I see lots of people struggling with babies when they are
only three or four months, it is really sad to see. And some people
have to get back to work. I think maybe there should be more.
Now all islanders are being asked for their views
It's being run by the Employment Forum, an independent group
who wants to hear from both sides of the fence.
It will be a balance between individuals who want longer
time with their babies when they're born, but also with businesses
who have businesses to run and the cost of having people
out of a business for any length of time.
People's views will be gathered over the next three months,
before the forum puts recommendations to the States.
It could lead to a law change that sees new parents
have more time to spend with their babies in future.
Businesses facing eviction from Guernsey's Fontaine Vinery
could be relocated to a spot on the West Coast within a year.
The firms need to move to make way for social housing.
States Property Services have identified
But not everyone's happy, as Penny Elderfield reports.
At one time it was all go on Guernsey's vineries.
But could a very different industry be about to bring
Providing a new home for the businesses
The dozen or so businesses based here at the Fontaine Vinery
So this entire area can be cleared to make way for housing.
The question is where should they go.
This is States Property Services' first choice.
The Pulias Vinery on Guernsey's West Coast.
Both needing planning permission before anything can happen.
But current tenant Ross isn't happy with the plans.
He wants to stay on States-owned land.
We need the States to invest in this industry. They have invested in the
fisherman. We won something similar. We have an ideal spot next to this
yard that is not being used, that is owned by the States, and they would
be getting an income on this bit of land.
Deputy Laurie Queripel got the States
to agree to look at land they own option
and he's disappointed they haven't yet.
The concern that private landlords is they might think, actually, I'm
not so keen on this and don't want to carry on with it after a year,
and they might think they want to push the rents up so that would
cause problems for the businesses, so it would be far better if the
States did it. If the current plans DO go
ahead though it's thought and the businesses here moved on
within the year. For the first time, it's been
confirmed that the body recovered at Pleinmont by Guernsey Police
on Christmas Eve is that of missing
local man Steven Corbet. Mr Corbet was last seen
getting off a bus The Court heard that in late
November, a group of young children playing found what was later
confirmed to be Mr Corbet's body. This afternoon, a Coroner declared
the cause of the 59-year-old's death Politicians' e-mails leaked to BBC
Guernsey reveal the 21 Deputies who voted to scrap
selection at 11 considered writing an open letter to counter
bad press about the potential The correspondence came ahead
of a vote of no-confidence in the Education Committee, which is
due to be debated next week. The proposed letter
was eventually shelved, seven Deputies put
their names to a letter asking the members of
the Education Committee to resign. And finally tonight -
a seal pup is making a good recovery after being rescued
from a Jersey beach. Sammy, as she's been named,
was flown to Guernsey And now a few weeks on,
although she's still underweight, Mike Wilkins has discovered that
she's getting her appetite back. Just four weeks old, still severely
underweight and fighting for its life,
this seal pup's been named Sammy. She was rescued from Bonne Nuit Bay
in Jersey a couple of weeks ago. She was flown to Guernsey
for specialist treatment. And the good news is she's making
encouraging progress and, as you can see,
has started eating whole fish! especially after such
an upsetting end to the year, Hopefully, all being well and good
we will get her back into the waters of jersey where she belongs. We love
to see local animal staying in local waters. This is exciting
development. We have been working together across the islands to help
woke -- to help local wildlife. If Sammy continues to recover well
it could be up to six months before she's released
back into Jersey waters. Sammy, the only creature trying to
put on weight this New Year! It was an ice scraping morning for most of
us. David has the weekend forecast. What is going to be like for those
working in the fields this weekend? Warmer than it has been, but not a
great deal of wind. Good conditions for getting out into the garden,
into the fields. Milder this weekend, rather cloudy and generally
quite quiet. Pressure is still high this week and, above 30 millibars,
but there is a weather front that has drifted into the more western
parts of the English Channel and continues to move over us tonight.
Then becomes stuck and the pattern then is very settled. Rather than
see a lot of sunshine, what we will end up with probably is a lot of
cloud trapped underneath that area of high pressure, and it will be
quite misty tomorrow. It's not going to be called. We might get down into
single figures, maybe six, seven Celsius, the minimum temperature,
but tomorrow, it should warm up with temperatures back up in double
figures. We will see the drizzle fading away into the afternoon. Not
much in the way of brightness, and some low cloud, becoming quite
misty, for a time. 10 Celsius the minimum temperature. And the times
of high water... The westerly winds mean that some beaches will be on
the choppy side but not to the, two feet at best. And the coastal waters
forecast... There is a risk of some mist and fog patches and a few spots
of drizzle which will reduce visibility down to poor at times. On
Sunday, still light winds and keeping a lot of cloud, on Monday,
the breeze picks up and later we will see some outbreaks of rain
arriving. By Tuesday, that weather front will have run through and
Tuesday will be much brighter but much colder. Have a nice weekend.
Thank you, David. That's it from the team here and the Channel Islands. I
will be back with the ten o'clock news. And I will leave you with the
rest of Spotlight from Justin and Natalie.
Also still ahead: Learning to read at 86 years old -
we meet Ursula who's proof that it's never too late.
I am in the mid Devon town that likes to mark the end of Christmas
with a couple of colourful characters.
Let's go to the sport now and the main story this evening
is Plymouth Argyle's 3rd round FA Cup tie with Liverpool on Sunday,
where of course they're hoping for a giant killing.
The players leave for Anfield tomorrow at noon, with most fans
Andy Birkett is at Home Park for us this evening.
Hi there. As stadiums go, this one is pretty impressive. It will only
get better, once they developed that newsstand.
Here at Home Park you can pack 16k fans in.
On Sunday, it's going to be a lot different at Anfield -
a stadium more than three times the size of this one,
more than 50,000 fans are expected for their 3rd round FA Cup tie
with Liverpool and most of them will be hoping Argyle lose.
Then you add the millions of TV viewers all around the world -
Pressure the team feel they are ready to handle.
If all our players are at peak form...
This squad does have belief, and a manager with one thing
I think that there is that possibility.
But you have got to go there with that belief and attitude.
Graham Kerry, who is also a Liverpool fan, is argyle's star
man and not fazed by performing on the
Obviously, you will see that, but when the game starts your
But unless we are competitive, unless we give it a
good go, you're not really going to enjoy it.
These games are really for the fans and the club has sold
Some will be heading up tomorrow, but many others will be travelling
up in the early hours of Sunday morning.
But for five lucky supporters they received their tickets
from striker Paul Arnold Garita who had hidden vouchers around
Plymouth tweeting clues for them to find them.
Actually, I walk that way every day to and fro from work because
I live near by, so I recognised it instantly.
Five minutes later, there it is, still on my normal
He made it before me and got the ticket.
I gather you to have both got tickets already.
Where going to give it away to a friend that
obviously can't get one, so they got the opportunity to go to Anfield
It is good for the club, for the team, for the
Because it is important everyone can come and it is good
I was just looking at all the different people and
seeing whether they were heading in the same direction
they were going and if I could run past them, if I needed to.
Matt was the first to collect the ticket from
the BBC, hoping to give it to a friend of his.
There was a guy that came about 30 seconds after the
anti-looked pretty disappointed to not get a ticket, so if he is out
Yeah, I would like to say thank you to Matt.
Hopefully, I will see you up in Liverpool.
was holding it for the other one, so I said I may as well try and get
Just some good competition in my family, trying to get a ticket.
Tickets for the big match and a chance to say thank you.
Now, Arnie, if you can give the Liverpool
defender is the same runaround on Sunday,
there will be thousands of
Well, this is the FA Cup after all...
It's just a replica, but there's no doubt that Liverpool
is the place to be this weekend if you're a Pilgrim.
Whatever happens on Sunday, the club will be more than half
And who knows, we might have a replay or even a fourth
Thanks, Andy. I was going to say, last person you switch the lights
off. But I think that is you, Andy. That will be me, Justin. Lucky he
doesn't have to pay the electricity bill.
Now to the story of an 86-year-old who is proof that you're
When Ursula Sheperd left school in the 1930's she was unable to read
because she was too shy to ask for help.
But now she's decided to put that right.
We spoke to Ursula and her teacher Fiona Prideaux and asked
She's really keen, really enthusiastic.
She comes to me once a week and then she practices at home.
So what has prompted you to want to do this, Ursula?
Well, I wanted to learn to read so I could learn other
people to read when I finish reading.
And why did you wait until you are in your 80s?
What made you wait that long to learn to read?
Well, I was very, very nervous, you know, when I was young, you see.
And Fiona, how do you set about with Ursula and the
process of learning to read at this age?
Because I know you deal with people of various ages, but I think
Ursula is the oldest pupil you have had.
How have you set about making sure she is able to read?
Well, we start by learning the sounds of the
individual letters, so we build up from that and then we learn three
and four letter words, really simple ones like cat, mat, sat.
So it is learning to blend the sounds
together in order to read a whole word and then when she is really
good at that we are going to move on to learning sounds that have two
And then learning the words associated with those sounds.
And so it is a very structured programme
and we just build slowly and move on when she is confident.
What would you like to get to, with Fiona's
Well, I would like to go to a library place and get sort of a
And I think, Fiona, you have a lesson
prepared for Ursula, just to show us the progress
You are going to read just a sentence.
Well, we wish you well with it and thank you very much
I think she will prove to be an inspiration. Absolutely. She told me
she is very fast and netting. -- fast at knitting.
Time to take your decorations down or risk bad luck, or is it ?
There's some disagreement as to whether 12th night falls
The difference in opinion is said to be down to the fact
that in centuries past, Christmas was deemed to start
at sunset on Dec 24 and so the 12th night following it was Jan 5.
Nowadays, people count from Dec 25 itself and so assume
If you want a fuller explanation there's one on our Facebook page.
in Bradninch in Devon and John Henderson is there.
Yes, I am here. You are looking at the Bradninch Miller's Morris men,
in all their finery, really going for it. We have a musical
accompaniment. We also have some lanterns. Any ideas about the theme?
Willy Wonka. The theme is Roald Dahl because it is 100 years since his
birth. Let's have a look at this. What is that one? Who will enlighten
me? It is a golden ticket. It took roughly ten hours to make. And what
does it entitle you to? Sweets for the rest of your life? Let's find
the mayor in amongst this wrong. Liz Taylor, good evening. Looking very
nice. What is this all about? This is a great community event in
Bradninch where we celebrate the end of the last year and the bringing in
of the New Year. How long has it been going? It is quite a recent
event. Probably the start of the century. And the point is that
people bring their Christmas trees. Is that right? Indeed. Everybody
brings their trees and we have a big bonfire and burn them all up. You
had a very important job to do. You go and do that. Let's have a chat
with Mike. How has it gone tonight? It was excellent. Really good. Great
fun. So tell me how it works. It starts at both ends of the town, led
by the two giants, we get our peer, had a bit of a dance, and then we go
down the football fields where we have the bonfire. Right. The
is in position, if I could just dash is in position, if I could just dash
across you here. I think he is ready to do the honours. All, he may
make... Thank you very much for coming this evening. I would like to
lend my thanks to the organisers. All the best. As with tradition, I
will now signal the end of the last year by throwing the tree over the
balcony and welcoming in 2017. Happy New Year to everyone in Bradninch.
CHEERING Fantastic. There you go. Carefully
missing me. I am told that there are more entertainment in the pub
nearby, including some dancing. I am of their now for a glass of
lemonade, a packet of crisps, and a front-page seat. OK, John. Thank you
very much. Crikey, that was close, that tree. It is time for the
weather. Hello. Good evening. I will speak
about December in a minute, but first, the week ahead. It is quiet
and cold and also misty. We have had some questions about the fact that
it has been quite dry for the last six or seven weeks and when you look
at the figures, they show the picture quite well. The rainfall for
December was only 42% of what we normally expect to see. The seventh
driest December on record and the records go back to 1910. How does
that affect the reservoir levels? They are down quite a bit. They are
65% full. Last year, they were 92% full. So quite a big difference. We
have had some relatively dry weather. Through the Ottoman into
the start of the new year. That has changed today. We have had some
patchy drizzle and that sticks with as overnight and I. Slowly moving
out of the way. Once that process is underway, we are left with an area
of high pressure, but all of that cloud trapped underneath it, so not
much promise of a great deal of sunshine this weekend. It is high
pressure but it is a cloudy high. Lots of cloud and mist and low cloud
and fog and hail fog and little change as we move into Sunday as
well. The rain that has been coming in today has been patchy and light,
but it is gradually moving through this evening and through the night
to come. It has introduced a lot of low cloud. The fog will become more
extensive and lower through the night and into the day tomorrow. So
it will be a mild night. The drizzle will fade away. We will be left with
an awful lot of cloud and overnight temperatures much higher than they
have been. 7-10 is obvious. A drizzly start to the day tomorrow.
-- Celsius. Temperatures back up into double figures tomorrow. We
have not seen those for a while. 10-11th of years. Similar for the
Isles of Scilly. Here are the times of high water. Most of the beaches
are likely to be choppy. The wind coming in from the west. Finally,
the winds are westerly for the coastal forecast. Have a nice
weekend. Back to you. Thank you very much, David. Good luck to Plymouth
Argyll. We will have the reaction on Monday. We leave you with some of
those 12 night celebrations in Bradninch. Good night. Goodbye.
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