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It is the ultimate boy's toy. It is a classic vehicle, comes in a
fashionable yellow. And we can see from the temperatures
over the next four days that they are on their way down. Perhaps a
subtle change as we move into Sunday. Some wintry showers in the
forecast as well. People trying to save a Jersey woman
who drowned last summer have told an inquest the sea conditions that
night were some of Joy Godfray was swept out to sea
on the eve of her 32nd birthday. Today's inquest heard that joy was a
fairly good summer who also swam in the sea with her friend and
housemate Austin. On that night there was an orange tide warning
with large waves recorded. It is not clear whether joy and her friend
Austin were aware of the warnings. They got the bus here and went for a
swim. But they quickly got into difficulty. In video footage played
to the inquest, a terrorist who was filming the storm from a roundabout
here captured the moments before joy was swept out to sea. In it, we see
joy and Austin in the water down here, struggling to stay on their
feet as the waves bashed the sea wall next to them. Witnesses say Joy
was thrown a lifeline, but it slipped from her grasp.
It was an August weekend that claimed six lives in the seas
around the British Isles, including one here in Jersey.
This was when the rescue boat launched to find Joy.
The man in the black T-shirt, who'd already saved a man
from the water at Green Island, was telling crews where to find her.
High tides and strong winds meant the sea was deceptively dangerous.
They were odd conditions because it was a lovely summer's
evening, but at the same time the sea was extraordinary
At the seaside next to the beach, I'm sure it looked inviting.
If you went out to any kind of depth it was devastating.
One of the crew was tipped overboard as the fire rescue
When they and the lifeboat crew found Joy, it was so rough,
the coxswain made the decision not to try to land, but to take Joy
Joy's family say they're devastated at the tragic loss,
and repeatedly during the inquest made a point to thank those
The inquest heard today how serious conditions were that night.
Dr David Howell, an RNLI medic who was onboard one of the lifeboats
and had tried to resuscitate Joy, described them as some of the worst
While coxswain Andrew Hibbs described how, on two occasions,
the all-weather lifeboat nearly rolled onto the inshore boat.
He said, "The public don't realise, on high tide,
Joy's friend Austin, who'd been with her in the sea,
told the inquest they hadn't discussed the conditions
when they arrived at the beach, they just went straight in.
The coroner, Mark Harris, concluded by saying Joy's death was "tragic",
and praised the courage and professionalism of all those
He recorded her death as death by drowning.
A prolific paedophile who used to live in Guernsey has been jailed
for life after admitting a catalogue of child abuse.
70-year-old Mark Frost, formerly known as Andrew Tracey,
pleaded guilty to 45 offences against young boys in
This afternoon a judge at the Old Bailey described his
actions as "horrific and deeply disturbing" and gave him 13
concurrent life sentences, with a minimum term of 16 years.
There are fears the full scale of Frost's crimes have yet
to emerge, and police in the UK and Guernsey, where he lived
in the 1960s and again in the late 1990s, are urging other victims
One of the biggest annual occasions in women's sport
in the Channel Islands has been cancelled.
is off because the Greens can't find enough players.
Our sports editor Tim Pryor joined me earlier to explain more.
The basic answer to why Jersey SER not putting up players -- Guernsey
FC, is a lack of players. To play in the women's Muratti you have to be
registered to a club in Guernsey or Jersey. A lot of the top Guernsey
players play in Hampshire in the UK. They are affiliated to the Hampshire
Football Association, and not the Guernsey football Association. They
say it is not right to blame the Hampshire FA and that there is 20 of
enthusiasm amongst Guernsey players. In recent years it has become
one-sided to jersey. Yes, last year 89-0 wind, so really one-sided. In
fact, Jersey have won 14 out of the last 15 games. It is a shame because
jersey would have been hoping to use this Muratti. What is the Jersey
Football Association saying about it? They say they are disappointed,
but they are hopeful this can be reinstated maybe as soon as next
season. I understand they are also trying to work to understand this
women's Muratti with another game, and bring a high profile site to the
island as part of those preparations for the Island games this side.
Dash-macro summer. Have you ever run out
of ideas for things to do The lack of attractions for families
on wet weather days has been one of the criticisms of the island
from tourists and locals alike. But that could be set to change
after planners approved major changes to one
popular visitor centre. Mark Inchley's been
finding out more. He's the little yellow plane
with a big heart that captured the hearts of islanders,
and even spawned a series But, since flying his last ever
flight two years ago, the next chapter for Joey has been
far from clear with But that's all set to change
with new plans for Oatlands Village, which include a permanent
home for Joey. Part of that is a 2000 square metre
play barn, a play area for children from 0- 12. Contained within that
would be the resting home for Joey. There have to be places for people
to go when it is wet and rainy, and if they can see that there is
somewhere for their children to play, even if the weather turns
nasty, then it will attract them here.
So good news for Joey and his fans but, with a drop in the number
of people visiting Guernsey last year, will the new-look Oatlands be
enough to plug the gap when it comes to what some perceive to be the lack
of rainy-day and tourist attractions for families in the island?
I think it is a very good idea. There is not very much for visitors
or children to go to. It is a lot more for children to do, and it
would be a lot more appealing for families to come to jersey,
definitely. So, some way to go before
the work here is finished, but also some excitement
about what's to come. And, it seems, Joey's
story is far from over. A new children's centre to help
support Guernsey families If it gets planning permission,
the project will see a community caf created in this space
at the old St Sampsons' Various services will also be run
from here such as speech therapy, antenatal classes
and health visitor sessions. We all have times in our parenting
where we think it is not so easy, and maybe we are looking for a bit
of extra help and somebody who is a listening ear can give us some
support and maybe some guidance, and help us on our way.
You're watching the BBC in the Channel Islands.
Later in Spotlight with Justin and Victoria: Children
with life-limiting illnesses have released their very own CD
to mark the anniversary of Children's Hospice South West.
Are you in the market for a second hand car?
Some "unique" vehicles have come up for sale in Guernsey.
One thing's for sure, they'd certainly make
Penny Elderfield went to take a look.
The answer to a mid-life crisis perhaps for others.
It is the ultimate boy's toy. It comes in fashionable yellow. It is
eighth 1988 road roller. But if that one's not for you,
perhaps an old sewage cart States Worsk is auctioning off
a collection of its old vehicles. They are taking sealed
bids from anyone who'd We are probably focusing mainly at
the martial sector, although we are open to all offers. It may provide
spares to an existing fleet. There is quite a unique variety of
vehicles that we are trying to dispose of here, so it probably is
quite a limited market. If you're interested you can get
in touch with States Works and come Although I wouldn't rate your
chances of being allowed to take one One thing I noticed which is not up
for sale is a gritter or snow plow. I'm hearing that snow
could be on its way. Well, it is sort of true because I
think we will see some wintry showers, but I don't think there
will be anything that the children are going to appreciate. The risk of
a wintry shower sums it up. There has been some rain today. This is a
rainbow from earlier today from one of our weather watchers. Thank you
for all the photographs you have sent in. Tomorrow, more clout and it
will definitely feel cold. More of a breeze tomorrow, and there will be
some showers around, most of which will be rain, but as we move through
tomorrow night and into Friday, there is a risk of some sleet or the
odd flurry of snow. We are getting in easterly winds, and those are
cold. They are coming from southern Scandinavia, where temperatures
right now are well below freezing. This is Friday, this area of low
pressure in harms is the strength of the easterly wind as we move through
into the weekend, and we will remain with those easterly winds through
the weekend, but with slightly less cold air by Sunday and Monday of
next week. The cold will be with us for Thursday and Friday, so expect
to see a lot of clear skies overnight tonight. Still the risk of
the odd passing shower, but most will be very isolated. A touch of
Frost is possible with three or four the minimum temperature. More cloud
coming from the east through tomorrow. The showers will be quite
isolated if they do occur at all, but look at those temperatures, just
6 degrees the maximum. With more of a breeze, it will feel quite cold.
Friday and Saturday, both days at risk of seeing the odd wintry
shower, and definitely feeling cold. No need for the snowplough just yet.
I am back at 10:25pm. Good night. Plymouth-based Royal Marine
against his conviction for murder have said they will announce
a decision at a later date. Sergeant Alexander Blackman's QC
told the Court Martial Appeal Court that the conviction was unsafe
because psychiatrists said the soldier was suffering
from a mental illness when he killed an injured Taliban
fighter in Afghanistan. The judges will take time to review
the evidence and the law before The Conservative MP for Torbay,
Kevin Foster, is seeking an urgent meeting with NHS bosses after plans
emerged yesterday to close 32 He says there hasn't been
enough consultation. The hospital says it will treat
patients elsewhere and says patient In a moment we will be catching up
with Sir Ben Ainslie to find out why he is training in Bermuda.
And some early spring colour in the sunshine today,
Children with life-limiting illnesses have released their very
own CD to mark the 25th anniversary of Children's Hospice South West.
Music therapy is one of the highlights for many
of the children at the hospices in Devon, Cornwall and Bristol.
Yes, and now, with a little help from family and friends,
they've chosen and performed 30 tracks for the special CD
which will help raise money for the charity.
Spotlight's Andrea Ormsby has the story.
For Sam, he doesn't have any vocabulary, he can't say words,
but with music he seems to come alive and Carolyn's just been
amazing in that she has worked with him for so long she's got
to know him, what he likes and what actually will get him to open up.
I think I've got the best job in the world.
To be able to offer children a space in which they can actually really
Sam's song is the first of the 30 tracks recorded by the children
It's just amazing to think that my son is on a CD.
But the fact that it's something that we can treasure forever,
it's a memory that is there forevermore now and we can share
that with all our family and it's just been so special.
For Sam to be involved and for us to be part of that.
Singing Bridge Over Troubled Water is the Children's Hospice South West
Joint Choir, singing together for the first time after just
It's one thing that we can do to add to that precious treasure chest
of memories that families accumulate while they're staying with us
It has been absolutely tremendous and the CD,
we just want to share with everybody because it's got some
Windchimes are her favourite sound ever.
The children have chosen the songs because they have a very significant
meaning for them so it might be that it's their sister's favourite song,
it might be a song that a parent has written in memory of their child
who has died, so the booklet really, I think, has to be read
alongside listening to all the beautiful contributions.
Even a world-renowned countertenor is on the CD.
Iestyn Davies said he was delighted to contribute.
The CD costs ?5 and can be ordered from the Children's
All proceeds go to the charity, which needs to raise
nearly ?10 million to keep the three hospices going.
Sir Ben Ainslie started sailing at Restronguet Sailing Club near
Little did anyone know then that he would become the most
successful Olympic sailor of all time, first winning a silver
and then four gold medals at consecutive games.
After the London Olympics he switched his attention
to the America's Cup - the oldest international sporting
trophy - and he tasted immediate success the following year on board
Now he's aiming to do something that's never
been done before and win the America's Cup for Britain.
Tony Husband was in Bermuda as Sir Ben and his team launched
the boat they hope will sail them to victory this summer.
Around half of the America's Cup team have left their main base in
Portsmouth and here at the Royal Navy dockyard. The temporary help
officially opened on Monday. It coincided with the launch of the
boat in which Britain will aim to win the America's Cup for the first
time. They will hope this was the only force start -- is the only
false start of the campaign. A pivotal day for the team. Lunch hour
race boat, get it in the water, -- launch our. It is many man-hours in
terms of design and engineering and our note builders who have done a
fantastic job to get it in the water. Land Rover BA are have been
training here since November in their testable and their rivals are
all around them so it raises the state 's. Full is -- we are
developing our report very well but we don't know it all so we can learn
a lot from watching techniques other boats sail weather and other
components they have stopped we are a long way from the end product. The
boat will have a crew of six led by Sir Ben Ainslie but also current
Olympic medallist Giles Scott. The hydrofoils can see the boat reach a
top spiral of 60 mph. They will get the idea of the kind of catch up
that they face as a start-up team. The establish likes of Artemis
aboard are strongly fancied to do well in this year's qualifiers but
there is so much optimism around Land Rover Bar and they really feel
this time Britain could bring the cup home.
Looks horrible in Bermuda! Much nicer here!
What fruit do you think we're talking about if we mention
Some of you may remember them as old fashioned
These types of heritage apples are being planted in a bid
to save some of the more unusual varieties from extinction.
It's all happening at the Royal Horticultural Society's
Lucie Fisher has been to take a look.
The first blooms are breaking the ground here at Rosemoor, an
And one of those is an orchard dedicated
to protecting rare species of Devon apples.
So this is one of 90 trees that is to be planted
here in what is to be the heritage orchard,
and one of the people planting those trees is Pete.
It's incredibly important to maintain
this amazing kind of diversity of varieties,
Hollow Core, Crimson Queen, Johnny Round.
I mean, some of these names, you know,
people will remember from their childhood and they're
And they are evocative for Pete, too.
Down in the poly tunnel he showed me some of their
So, you won't see any of these apples for sale in the shop
They are all very unusual varieties, which is the whole
We want to ensure that they continue and don't get lost.
There is one here called Pig's Nose, which
is very descriptive of just the shape of apple,
So these are the kind of apples, then, that you wouldn't see
in a supermarket if presumably they looked like a pig's nose.
No, we wouldn't see any of these in a
Which is kind of the reason we are creating this heritage
Everyone wants a perfect apple or a perfect piece of fruit
or vegetable and the ones which might be less
than perfect to look at are probably better tasting.
This attempt to protect an older, quirkier specimen
from more dominant others could end up being the difference between rare
And you never know, the gardens here at
Rosemoor may actually end up encouraging a resurgence in demand
What a good idea. Good to see some signs of spring as well.
You grow apples? I have an apple tree. And I saw some
crocuses. I love the snowdrops.
I hadn't -- a hint of spring. Let's see what the weather is going to be
like. Apple trees like some cold weather?
Yes, not while they are in blossom. We have had plenty of sunshine
today. It makes a huge difference. A lot of sunshine for most of the
south-west of all a bit more cloud creeping in from the east. We start
with a look across Plymouth Sound where we had an unusual visitor.
This is a South African frigate coming in for exercise during the
course of the day, and from here we go to some spring bulbs. These
crocuses look great. Also beneath the trees some beautiful shots of
flowers coming out. Spring is starting to show. Sadly the frost
and the cold is going to come back. We have easterly winds developing
over the next 24 hours. We have hardly had any today but those
easterly winds will develop and continue to give us some pretty low
temperatures over the next ten days. Perhaps a hint as we move into next
week of some slightly less cold air but the cold is already upon us and
temperatures are falling. Overnight tonight, a widespread frost.
Temperatures could get down to zero, even -1 overnight. A widespread
frost but not much moisture so I do not think we will see too much in
the way of ice. The only chance is on some of the minor routes over
high ground weather has been water coming out of the hedgerows. A
frosty night, reasonable start tomorrow with some sunshine but we
are going to continue to see more cloud creeping in from the east
during the day. With such cold air there is a chance of a few wintry
showers from the East and they could produce some showers in parts of
Dorset and Somerset. Along the south coast, the chance of a few showers,
mostly of rain, affecting the far south of Cornwall and the southern
half of Devon but we should get some sunshine tomorrow and perhaps 6-7 -
eight Celsius. A cold wind coming in from the east south-east. The
easterly breeze will continue on Friday. We will all see frost and
quite widespread. For most of us it will be dry but a cold wind and that
cold wind, the source of error, part of Scandinavia, will make it feel
pretty raw. By the time we get into Saturday and Sunday, the
Scandinavian areas across us and it will be a cold few days. There was
some speckled cloud around today, not much through the night, clear
skies, so frosty in places, as low as -1, minus two. Showers on the
south coast. There might be a wintry flurry across parts of Dorset and
Somerset. Struggling temperatures, feeling colder because of the
strength of wind. The Isles of Scilly, bright and dry but quite
windy with Southeast winds. Times of high water. Some good surfing across
the North Coast but it is pretty cold. The outlook is continuing
frost at night, a lot of cloud from Friday through to Saturday and
Sunday and the cloud is thick enough for the odd flurry in the winter but
I have to say it isn't much to appreciate.
We had our weather symbols ready in case you needed them.
What is that supposed to be?