08/02/2017 Channel Islands News


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It is the ultimate boy's toy. It is a classic vehicle, comes in a

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fashionable yellow. And we can see from the temperatures

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over the next four days that they are on their way down. Perhaps a

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subtle change as we move into Sunday. Some wintry showers in the

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forecast as well. People trying to save a Jersey woman

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who drowned last summer have told an inquest the sea conditions that

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night were some of Joy Godfray was swept out to sea

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on the eve of her 32nd birthday. Today's inquest heard that joy was a

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fairly good summer who also swam in the sea with her friend and

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housemate Austin. On that night there was an orange tide warning

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with large waves recorded. It is not clear whether joy and her friend

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Austin were aware of the warnings. They got the bus here and went for a

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swim. But they quickly got into difficulty. In video footage played

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to the inquest, a terrorist who was filming the storm from a roundabout

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here captured the moments before joy was swept out to sea. In it, we see

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joy and Austin in the water down here, struggling to stay on their

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feet as the waves bashed the sea wall next to them. Witnesses say Joy

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was thrown a lifeline, but it slipped from her grasp.

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It was an August weekend that claimed six lives in the seas

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around the British Isles, including one here in Jersey.

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This was when the rescue boat launched to find Joy.

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The man in the black T-shirt, who'd already saved a man

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from the water at Green Island, was telling crews where to find her.

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High tides and strong winds meant the sea was deceptively dangerous.

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They were odd conditions because it was a lovely summer's

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evening, but at the same time the sea was extraordinary

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At the seaside next to the beach, I'm sure it looked inviting.

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If you went out to any kind of depth it was devastating.

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One of the crew was tipped overboard as the fire rescue

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When they and the lifeboat crew found Joy, it was so rough,

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the coxswain made the decision not to try to land, but to take Joy

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Joy's family say they're devastated at the tragic loss,

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and repeatedly during the inquest made a point to thank those

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The inquest heard today how serious conditions were that night.

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Dr David Howell, an RNLI medic who was onboard one of the lifeboats

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and had tried to resuscitate Joy, described them as some of the worst

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While coxswain Andrew Hibbs described how, on two occasions,

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the all-weather lifeboat nearly rolled onto the inshore boat.

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He said, "The public don't realise, on high tide,

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Joy's friend Austin, who'd been with her in the sea,

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told the inquest they hadn't discussed the conditions

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when they arrived at the beach, they just went straight in.

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The coroner, Mark Harris, concluded by saying Joy's death was "tragic",

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and praised the courage and professionalism of all those

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He recorded her death as death by drowning.

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A prolific paedophile who used to live in Guernsey has been jailed

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for life after admitting a catalogue of child abuse.

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70-year-old Mark Frost, formerly known as Andrew Tracey,

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pleaded guilty to 45 offences against young boys in

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This afternoon a judge at the Old Bailey described his

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actions as "horrific and deeply disturbing" and gave him 13

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concurrent life sentences, with a minimum term of 16 years.

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There are fears the full scale of Frost's crimes have yet

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to emerge, and police in the UK and Guernsey, where he lived

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in the 1960s and again in the late 1990s, are urging other victims

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One of the biggest annual occasions in women's sport

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in the Channel Islands has been cancelled.

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is off because the Greens can't find enough players.

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Our sports editor Tim Pryor joined me earlier to explain more.

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The basic answer to why Jersey SER not putting up players -- Guernsey

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FC, is a lack of players. To play in the women's Muratti you have to be

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registered to a club in Guernsey or Jersey. A lot of the top Guernsey

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players play in Hampshire in the UK. They are affiliated to the Hampshire

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Football Association, and not the Guernsey football Association. They

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say it is not right to blame the Hampshire FA and that there is 20 of

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enthusiasm amongst Guernsey players. In recent years it has become

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one-sided to jersey. Yes, last year 89-0 wind, so really one-sided. In

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fact, Jersey have won 14 out of the last 15 games. It is a shame because

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jersey would have been hoping to use this Muratti. What is the Jersey

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Football Association saying about it? They say they are disappointed,

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but they are hopeful this can be reinstated maybe as soon as next

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season. I understand they are also trying to work to understand this

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women's Muratti with another game, and bring a high profile site to the

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island as part of those preparations for the Island games this side.

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Dash-macro summer. Have you ever run out

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of ideas for things to do The lack of attractions for families

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on wet weather days has been one of the criticisms of the island

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from tourists and locals alike. But that could be set to change

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after planners approved major changes to one

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popular visitor centre. Mark Inchley's been

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finding out more. He's the little yellow plane

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with a big heart that captured the hearts of islanders,

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and even spawned a series But, since flying his last ever

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flight two years ago, the next chapter for Joey has been

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far from clear with But that's all set to change

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with new plans for Oatlands Village, which include a permanent

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home for Joey. Part of that is a 2000 square metre

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play barn, a play area for children from 0- 12. Contained within that

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would be the resting home for Joey. There have to be places for people

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to go when it is wet and rainy, and if they can see that there is

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somewhere for their children to play, even if the weather turns

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nasty, then it will attract them here.

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So good news for Joey and his fans but, with a drop in the number

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of people visiting Guernsey last year, will the new-look Oatlands be

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enough to plug the gap when it comes to what some perceive to be the lack

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of rainy-day and tourist attractions for families in the island?

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I think it is a very good idea. There is not very much for visitors

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or children to go to. It is a lot more for children to do, and it

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would be a lot more appealing for families to come to jersey,

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definitely. So, some way to go before

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the work here is finished, but also some excitement

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about what's to come. And, it seems, Joey's

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story is far from over. A new children's centre to help

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support Guernsey families If it gets planning permission,

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the project will see a community caf created in this space

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at the old St Sampsons' Various services will also be run

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from here such as speech therapy, antenatal classes

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and health visitor sessions. We all have times in our parenting

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where we think it is not so easy, and maybe we are looking for a bit

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of extra help and somebody who is a listening ear can give us some

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support and maybe some guidance, and help us on our way.

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You're watching the BBC in the Channel Islands.

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Later in Spotlight with Justin and Victoria: Children

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with life-limiting illnesses have released their very own CD

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to mark the anniversary of Children's Hospice South West.

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Are you in the market for a second hand car?

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Some "unique" vehicles have come up for sale in Guernsey.

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One thing's for sure, they'd certainly make

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Penny Elderfield went to take a look.

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The answer to a mid-life crisis perhaps for others.

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It is the ultimate boy's toy. It comes in fashionable yellow. It is

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eighth 1988 road roller. But if that one's not for you,

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perhaps an old sewage cart States Worsk is auctioning off

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a collection of its old vehicles. They are taking sealed

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bids from anyone who'd We are probably focusing mainly at

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the martial sector, although we are open to all offers. It may provide

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spares to an existing fleet. There is quite a unique variety of

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vehicles that we are trying to dispose of here, so it probably is

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quite a limited market. If you're interested you can get

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in touch with States Works and come Although I wouldn't rate your

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chances of being allowed to take one One thing I noticed which is not up

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for sale is a gritter or snow plow. I'm hearing that snow

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could be on its way. Well, it is sort of true because I

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think we will see some wintry showers, but I don't think there

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will be anything that the children are going to appreciate. The risk of

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a wintry shower sums it up. There has been some rain today. This is a

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rainbow from earlier today from one of our weather watchers. Thank you

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for all the photographs you have sent in. Tomorrow, more clout and it

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will definitely feel cold. More of a breeze tomorrow, and there will be

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some showers around, most of which will be rain, but as we move through

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tomorrow night and into Friday, there is a risk of some sleet or the

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odd flurry of snow. We are getting in easterly winds, and those are

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cold. They are coming from southern Scandinavia, where temperatures

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right now are well below freezing. This is Friday, this area of low

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pressure in harms is the strength of the easterly wind as we move through

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into the weekend, and we will remain with those easterly winds through

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the weekend, but with slightly less cold air by Sunday and Monday of

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next week. The cold will be with us for Thursday and Friday, so expect

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to see a lot of clear skies overnight tonight. Still the risk of

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the odd passing shower, but most will be very isolated. A touch of

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Frost is possible with three or four the minimum temperature. More cloud

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coming from the east through tomorrow. The showers will be quite

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isolated if they do occur at all, but look at those temperatures, just

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6 degrees the maximum. With more of a breeze, it will feel quite cold.

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Friday and Saturday, both days at risk of seeing the odd wintry

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shower, and definitely feeling cold. No need for the snowplough just yet.

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I am back at 10:25pm. Good night. Plymouth-based Royal Marine

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against his conviction for murder have said they will announce

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a decision at a later date. Sergeant Alexander Blackman's QC

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told the Court Martial Appeal Court that the conviction was unsafe

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because psychiatrists said the soldier was suffering

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from a mental illness when he killed an injured Taliban

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fighter in Afghanistan. The judges will take time to review

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the evidence and the law before The Conservative MP for Torbay,

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Kevin Foster, is seeking an urgent meeting with NHS bosses after plans

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emerged yesterday to close 32 He says there hasn't been

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enough consultation. The hospital says it will treat

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patients elsewhere and says patient In a moment we will be catching up

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with Sir Ben Ainslie to find out why he is training in Bermuda.

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And some early spring colour in the sunshine today,

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Children with life-limiting illnesses have released their very

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own CD to mark the 25th anniversary of Children's Hospice South West.

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Music therapy is one of the highlights for many

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of the children at the hospices in Devon, Cornwall and Bristol.

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Yes, and now, with a little help from family and friends,

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they've chosen and performed 30 tracks for the special CD

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which will help raise money for the charity.

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Spotlight's Andrea Ormsby has the story.

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For Sam, he doesn't have any vocabulary, he can't say words,

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but with music he seems to come alive and Carolyn's just been

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amazing in that she has worked with him for so long she's got

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to know him, what he likes and what actually will get him to open up.

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I think I've got the best job in the world.

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To be able to offer children a space in which they can actually really

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Sam's song is the first of the 30 tracks recorded by the children

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It's just amazing to think that my son is on a CD.

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But the fact that it's something that we can treasure forever,

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it's a memory that is there forevermore now and we can share

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that with all our family and it's just been so special.

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For Sam to be involved and for us to be part of that.

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Singing Bridge Over Troubled Water is the Children's Hospice South West

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Joint Choir, singing together for the first time after just

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It's one thing that we can do to add to that precious treasure chest

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of memories that families accumulate while they're staying with us

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It has been absolutely tremendous and the CD,

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we just want to share with everybody because it's got some

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Windchimes are her favourite sound ever.

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The children have chosen the songs because they have a very significant

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meaning for them so it might be that it's their sister's favourite song,

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it might be a song that a parent has written in memory of their child

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who has died, so the booklet really, I think, has to be read

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alongside listening to all the beautiful contributions.

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Even a world-renowned countertenor is on the CD.

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Iestyn Davies said he was delighted to contribute.

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The CD costs ?5 and can be ordered from the Children's

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All proceeds go to the charity, which needs to raise

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nearly ?10 million to keep the three hospices going.

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Sir Ben Ainslie started sailing at Restronguet Sailing Club near

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Little did anyone know then that he would become the most

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successful Olympic sailor of all time, first winning a silver

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and then four gold medals at consecutive games.

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After the London Olympics he switched his attention

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to the America's Cup - the oldest international sporting

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trophy - and he tasted immediate success the following year on board

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Now he's aiming to do something that's never

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been done before and win the America's Cup for Britain.

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Tony Husband was in Bermuda as Sir Ben and his team launched

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the boat they hope will sail them to victory this summer.

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Around half of the America's Cup team have left their main base in

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Portsmouth and here at the Royal Navy dockyard. The temporary help

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officially opened on Monday. It coincided with the launch of the

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boat in which Britain will aim to win the America's Cup for the first

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time. They will hope this was the only force start -- is the only

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false start of the campaign. A pivotal day for the team. Lunch hour

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race boat, get it in the water, -- launch our. It is many man-hours in

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terms of design and engineering and our note builders who have done a

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fantastic job to get it in the water. Land Rover BA are have been

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training here since November in their testable and their rivals are

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all around them so it raises the state 's. Full is -- we are

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developing our report very well but we don't know it all so we can learn

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a lot from watching techniques other boats sail weather and other

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components they have stopped we are a long way from the end product. The

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boat will have a crew of six led by Sir Ben Ainslie but also current

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Olympic medallist Giles Scott. The hydrofoils can see the boat reach a

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top spiral of 60 mph. They will get the idea of the kind of catch up

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that they face as a start-up team. The establish likes of Artemis

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aboard are strongly fancied to do well in this year's qualifiers but

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there is so much optimism around Land Rover Bar and they really feel

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this time Britain could bring the cup home.

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Looks horrible in Bermuda! Much nicer here!

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What fruit do you think we're talking about if we mention

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Some of you may remember them as old fashioned

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These types of heritage apples are being planted in a bid

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to save some of the more unusual varieties from extinction.

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It's all happening at the Royal Horticultural Society's

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Lucie Fisher has been to take a look.

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The first blooms are breaking the ground here at Rosemoor, an

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And one of those is an orchard dedicated

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to protecting rare species of Devon apples.

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So this is one of 90 trees that is to be planted

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here in what is to be the heritage orchard,

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and one of the people planting those trees is Pete.

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It's incredibly important to maintain

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this amazing kind of diversity of varieties,

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Hollow Core, Crimson Queen, Johnny Round.

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I mean, some of these names, you know,

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people will remember from their childhood and they're

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And they are evocative for Pete, too.

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Down in the poly tunnel he showed me some of their

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So, you won't see any of these apples for sale in the shop

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They are all very unusual varieties, which is the whole

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We want to ensure that they continue and don't get lost.

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There is one here called Pig's Nose, which

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is very descriptive of just the shape of apple,

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So these are the kind of apples, then, that you wouldn't see

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in a supermarket if presumably they looked like a pig's nose.

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No, we wouldn't see any of these in a

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Which is kind of the reason we are creating this heritage

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Everyone wants a perfect apple or a perfect piece of fruit

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or vegetable and the ones which might be less

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than perfect to look at are probably better tasting.

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This attempt to protect an older, quirkier specimen

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from more dominant others could end up being the difference between rare

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And you never know, the gardens here at

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Rosemoor may actually end up encouraging a resurgence in demand

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What a good idea. Good to see some signs of spring as well.

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You grow apples? I have an apple tree. And I saw some

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crocuses. I love the snowdrops.

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I hadn't -- a hint of spring. Let's see what the weather is going to be

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like. Apple trees like some cold weather?

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Yes, not while they are in blossom. We have had plenty of sunshine

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today. It makes a huge difference. A lot of sunshine for most of the

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south-west of all a bit more cloud creeping in from the east. We start

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with a look across Plymouth Sound where we had an unusual visitor.

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This is a South African frigate coming in for exercise during the

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course of the day, and from here we go to some spring bulbs. These

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crocuses look great. Also beneath the trees some beautiful shots of

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flowers coming out. Spring is starting to show. Sadly the frost

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and the cold is going to come back. We have easterly winds developing

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over the next 24 hours. We have hardly had any today but those

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easterly winds will develop and continue to give us some pretty low

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temperatures over the next ten days. Perhaps a hint as we move into next

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week of some slightly less cold air but the cold is already upon us and

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temperatures are falling. Overnight tonight, a widespread frost.

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Temperatures could get down to zero, even -1 overnight. A widespread

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frost but not much moisture so I do not think we will see too much in

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the way of ice. The only chance is on some of the minor routes over

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high ground weather has been water coming out of the hedgerows. A

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frosty night, reasonable start tomorrow with some sunshine but we

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are going to continue to see more cloud creeping in from the east

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during the day. With such cold air there is a chance of a few wintry

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showers from the East and they could produce some showers in parts of

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Dorset and Somerset. Along the south coast, the chance of a few showers,

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mostly of rain, affecting the far south of Cornwall and the southern

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half of Devon but we should get some sunshine tomorrow and perhaps 6-7 -

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eight Celsius. A cold wind coming in from the east south-east. The

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easterly breeze will continue on Friday. We will all see frost and

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quite widespread. For most of us it will be dry but a cold wind and that

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cold wind, the source of error, part of Scandinavia, will make it feel

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pretty raw. By the time we get into Saturday and Sunday, the

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Scandinavian areas across us and it will be a cold few days. There was

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some speckled cloud around today, not much through the night, clear

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skies, so frosty in places, as low as -1, minus two. Showers on the

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south coast. There might be a wintry flurry across parts of Dorset and

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Somerset. Struggling temperatures, feeling colder because of the

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strength of wind. The Isles of Scilly, bright and dry but quite

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windy with Southeast winds. Times of high water. Some good surfing across

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the North Coast but it is pretty cold. The outlook is continuing

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frost at night, a lot of cloud from Friday through to Saturday and

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Sunday and the cloud is thick enough for the odd flurry in the winter but

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I have to say it isn't much to appreciate.

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We had our weather symbols ready in case you needed them.

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What is that supposed to be?

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