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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands on Wednesday 01 March.
Making the news tonight: Hang up - drivers who repeatedly
use their mobiles are warned they could be banned
from the roads as the police toughen up their stance.
We've seen an increase of a fifth in the last year. We're right there are
a lot more and it has become more Cuts continue, but as Guernsey
records a budget surplus should Cuts continue, but as become
more Guernsey records the island stick to its guns
or consider cutting the cuts? Reviewing rental laws -
tenants could face fewer charges as concerns are raised
about the cost of renting homes. And we are in for a very windy night
over the islands. Mainly dry. Wet weather towards the end of the week.
The details coming up later. 444 drivers were prosecuted
for using mobile phones That is the highest number
for the last four years. Jersey Police have launched
a new campaign to crack down on the offence,
on the same day that the UK has So with figures increasing
in the Channel Islands, More and more drivers in Jersey
are illegally using mobile Even within half an hour of filming
police road checks today to mark the launch of their new campaign,
five drivers were caught But it is not just police presence
contributing to last year's record of the highest number
of prosecutions since 2012. We've seen an increase
of about a fifth over the last year and that really is of course
we are out there a lot more, it's become a lot more
socially unacceptable. We get lots of people phoning us
and say they've just seen someone on a mobile phone
and they are really angry about it. People know now how dangerous it can
be and we've seen the tragic results Not only is it dangerous,
but it is also costly, with drivers facing
a fine up to ?1,000. However most of those caught
in 2016 paid ?100 or less. Road safety campaigners say
fines need to be more. The current penalties don't go
far enough, do they, and obviously if your figures
are showing there is an increase they blatantly aren't working
what we need is a real strong deterrent and ?75, ?100 isn't
enough to deter somebody If we're going to really cut this
down, we need to hit people where it hurts the most and that seems to be
in the pocket. But some drivers in Jersey believe
punishment needs to go further. A driving ban should be introduced
because it would be equal punishment for all types of people, whether
they have money or not. I think it would stop people from going on
their phones. People will just pay the fine. If you lose your license,
it's a bigger things. There is never any justification for using a mobile
phone while driving. Now call is that important. People have got used
to it. Something needs to be put in place to get it out of the psyche
that it is acceptable to use the mobile phone.
The department responsible for Jersey's roads is working
on a new penalty points system to be in place in the next
But will it be enough to stop drivers taking the law
A man has appeared at Jersey's Royal Court,
accused of the attempted murder of his friend.
The court heard Gerard Eamon Maguire stabbed Shaun Patrick Howard
in the neck with a knife after a drunken
The family of a Jerseyman, who was killed with another British
tourist in Thailand have asked the authorities there to show
leniency towards two Burmese men facing the death penalty
Jersey's David Miller and Hannah Witheridge from Norfolk
were found dead on a Thai beach in 2014.
An appeal court in Thailand has upheld the death
In a statement, the Miller family said the court process had been fair
and effective and the killers' guilt has now been confirmed.
The chief executive of the States of Alderney has resigned,
Victor Brownlees has served in the role since 2014
and will leave in May, which is in line with his contract.
There are calls to reconsider planned cuts to public
The Policy and Resources Committee intends to trim 3% from public
spending this year followed by 5% for the two years after.
But there is a warning to islanders not to get carried away
with a recent return to a budget surplus.
Guernsey is trying to trim public spending.
It is slashing 3% off committee budgets this year.
And this man plans to cut another 5% in 2018 and a further
It could save the government ?26 million over the next three years.
But some deputies are warning the cuts may be hard to achieve.
Two thirds of the revenue goes on education, health care and law and
order. The idea that cuts of this magnitude can be achieved by
bureaucratic savings or administrative savings that no one
will notice, I think is fantasy. The states have to get into the core of
whether we are prepared to cut public services or whether we want
to defend public services and then we will have to raise more revenue.
But a Guernsey tax adviser is urging the States to stick with substantial
spending cuts over the rest of this political term.
Since the turn-of-the-century, the island has increased its income by
50% and increased its expenditure by 83%. We have gone through uncertain
times and there is more coming. This is the wrong time to send out the
wrong message which is that we are fine and wet get back to spending.
Everyone in the Ireland knows that we spend more than we should.
The man controlling Guernsey's purse strings wasn't available
for interview today but said in a statement: "The 5%
reductions are collective aims for the States as a whole,
and have not been levied on any committee at this stage.
The Policy and Resources Committee has no reason
However, work is now being carried out to consider the extent of any
underlying improvement and what that may mean for the 2017
The island's politicians will face a fundamental debate in June,
when they will decide how best to tackle future shortfalls
You're watching the BBC in the Channel Islands.
Later in Spotlight with Justin and Victoria: After 90 years,
the end of an era for this family run post office.
Jersey's housing minister says she will do whatever needs to be
done to make sure letting agencies in the island are fair
Deputy Pryke has launched a review into their practices and may follow
England in banning agencies from charging tenants fees.
Moving house can be an expensive business.
There is rent to pay, bills to cover, and in Jersey -
for some properties ? there is also the fee you have to give
I understand they need to make a profit. I think if the challenged
the landlord instead of the person renting, that would solve the issue.
Moving is expensive enough as it is. I don't think they're doing much for
that money. I think it is fair play. I've never looked at it and thought
it was unfair the. But at Gaudin and Company,
they believe it is the landlords It is the landlord's property. They
can afford to pay the fee for us to do the work for them. I think that
is the way it should go. This letting agency may not charge
the so-called introduction fee but there are several
across the island that do. The fee is usually the equivalent
of one week's rent and is taken by the agency once
you accept their priority. That's on top of the deposit
and the first month's rent up front. So the Housing Minister now wants
to hear from the public She says she will consider banning
tenancy fees altogether. Letting agencies are our business so
they need to make some money. But some people I understand have been
charging the landlord as opposed to the tenant for doing the same thing.
And that's wrong. Anyone wanting to contribute to the
review has until the end of April. Spring is in the air somewhere
and it means we now know that Jersey had its driest winter for 20 years
and while one of the sunniest on record February was
the dullest for a decade. David Braine joins us
now for the forecast. Now are you going to
bring us sunshine? Well, I will try. It's not looking
too hopeful. Tomorrow is the best day for sunshine. More cloud around
on Friday. The weekend is a mixture of sunshine and showers. Tomorrow is
the best day of the week. Writer and mainly dry. The winds will ease. The
winds are a feature of the weather overnight tonight. Blustery westerly
wind has developed and continues to develop this evening across much of
western Britain, the West of France. By the middle of the day, the strong
winds have gone. We have a ridge of high pressure to bring us some
sunshine. Saturday and Sunday, looks like it will be showery. Some quite
frequent showers through both days through the weekend ahead. The
strength of wind is a concern this evening. Gust of wind up to 50 or 55
mph for a short while this evening. The winds begin to ease. Blustery
evening and a blustery start to the night. Largely dry. A few showers
around and temperatures of 6 degrees. Not a warm start to the
day. Apart from a few stray showers, there is some dry weather to be had.
Feeling warmer with ten or 11 degrees the highest temperature.
Here are the times of high water. The coastal waters forecast. Let's
see if we can find you some sunshine. Not much around on Friday.
Cloudy. Southerly winds giving some pretty good temperatures. Saturday
and Sunday, both days, a good chance to see some sunshine but
short-lived. Brisk south-west winds on both days. Ten is the maximum.
Parents across the Channel Islands are most probably panicking
and making costumes ahead of World Book Day tomorrow.
Don't forget to send us your pictures either on Facebook,
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and show a selection on tomorrow night s programme.
You're up to date with the latest news for the Channel Islands.
I'll be back with your headlines at 8pm.
but today a Cornish post office sold its last stamp
It's been a stalwart of the community, but Paynters Lane
End Post Office in Illogan closed at lunchtime.
It'll be replaced by a new counter service in a local shop,
part of a major modernisation programme by the Post Office.
Selling stamps for the last time before shutting up shop after nearly
But, of course, like every other day, could post
But, of course, like every other day, the post
Three generations of the same family had served the Illogan
It was started by Grandpa, William and Annie, in 1928,
In is a pasty shop now but it was a butcher and a post
office, and they ran it for 22 years, I think.
And then my father-in-law, Douglas, took it over in 1953,
but he moved here in 1955, and this building was personally
Some loyal customers have been using the Paynters Lane End Post Office
I've been coming over here 58 years and I will miss it.
They are very upset, naturally, and I will miss them
And emotional end to the data in Cornwall.
Now, no doubt you enjoyed a few pancakes last night before any Lent
ambitions to lay off the chocolate or resist a glass of wine.
But what about giving up the comfort of your own bed and sleeping rough
Well, that's exactly what former prison governor turned vicar
He wants to raise awareness about the growing problem of homelessness.
Spotlight's Andrea Ormsby's been to meet him, and his dog.
Ash Wednesday, a day of symbolism in the Christian church.
From dust you came, to dust you shall return.
The sign of the cross in ash on the foreheads of the faithful.
It marks the start of Lent, when many fast from food or drink.
But for the vicar of St George's in Goodrington, it's the comfort
I've got a lot of concerns actually, yes.
Last night I thought I would have the best night sleep
ever in my own bed and it all went wrong and I was up at 5:30am.
I guess I am quite worried about it actually.
It seemed like a good idea at the time but I'm not totally
Father Gary and his dog Tess will spend the full 40 nights
of Lent sleeping rough to raise awareness of the growing
Some people might say to this is a nice thing to do but wouldn't
it be better to open the doors of your church and let
They might say that, yes, but I don't think it is a nice
We have opened the door of the church and we open them
The difficulty with that as it is OK to provide somebody with a roof
over their head for a short term but actually what you need to do
is engage with people so that they don't have to sleep
on the streets, so they have the skills that they need
to be able to get a job, to be had to get into work,
to be able to get a job, to be able to get into work,
to get proper housing, not just some temporary
accommodation in a church or somewhere else.
He's bringing a sort of new dimension to it.
People are obviously very keen to get involved and to hear
It is such a huge sacrifice that he is making to bring that
That's a long time to go out and do something like that.
He's reaching to the people who are not of the community.
I think it is absolutely wonderful and I think it's a great sacrifice
that he is making for this time and at the same time
it shows his concern for what is around us,
which is homeless people and people with mental problems
Before being ordained he'd been the governor of Pentonville Prison
and Exeter Prison and says many of those released
Now Father Gary hopes his six weeks sleeping rough will help raise money
And do wish and his lovely dog all the best. We will check on the
weather forecast for them in just a moment.
And we're hoping to keep in touch with Reverend Deighton during Lent
From that thought-provoking mission to a young chap.
Pupils at a school in Devon have taken part in a walk to raise
awareness of a debilitating condition which affects one
Seven-year-old Lucas Trice has hip dysplasia which occurs when the hip
Spotlight's John Danks joined the kids on their walk.
They called it the Warrior Walk, appropriate enough
considering the conditions they had to brave.
Throughout the day all of the pupils at Stover School
near Newton Abbot put down their pens to plod a mile.
And it was all for seven-year-old Lucas.
Myself and Lucas was diagnosed with hip dysplasia when he was four
months old and we set up a small charity which over the last 12
months has simply snowballed and the school have very kindly got on board
and organised an entire day and we hope that this is just the beginning
of putting hip displacing on the map for patients -- parents.
Joining them on the walk was a former Paralympic
swimmer who competed in the London 2012 Games.
I was diagnosed at four years old and underwent all the treatments
that Lucas went through and I have developed a swimming career and I
joined the charity because like Natalie, my parents didn't have the
support they wanted, so I am doing a party for them and partly for myself
to encourage parents to seek support and help when they need it.
Despite the rain and the mud, Lucas made it to the finish line.
Look at the smiles on everyone's face, including mine. My focus was
just standing on my feet but everyone has enjoyed it. It has been
a thoroughly successful day. It was fun because we all got to Walker's
work so we could all have a bit of chitchat. Really good and kind of
inspiring. OK, it was quite muddy in the forest.
While for some it was a day at the races, others preferred a more
The National League has confirmed that control
of Torquay United Football Club has been transferred to
The takeover ends months of speculation about
the future of the Gulls, who were facing
The deal was agreed before Christmas but the club only received official
confirmation this week. A Devon football team is celebrating
after winning an amazing On top of that, SAS girls under-12's
from Barnstaple have only been But their amazing winning streak has
led to an invitation to play their equivalent side
at Premiership club Chelsea. Kirk England has been
to see them in action. Tournaments, friendlies,
competitions. Whenever they play, they win. Great football! SAS girls
under 12 is from Barnstable on a massive winning streak. We are
working together. We shoot and we score. 48 games unbeaten, it is
great to see SAS going on a winning another one. We just go for winter
wind, we won the first game and we progressed from there and we were
getting games like 1- 012- zero and we have had gone onto to really
excel and have things like 6-0. We have had some close games but we
always find a way to win. This time it was 8- nail. She plays five or
six times a week and she doesn't stop. She lives and breathes in its
football. It is all she wants to do. Tanabe 49 games unbeaten is just
something that will go with you for ever. But it? Yes. The girls are
seemingly unstoppable at success has been spotted and they will soon be
heading to London to play the girls number 12 premiership leaders
Chelsea. Honourable lady icons actually believe the fight but we
are going. Thank you to everyone who has made it happen. It is going to
just be such a opportunity for us. It will be an amazing challenge. The
girls have gone out and done this themselves. Every game they just get
better and better and better. The attitude in training is just
phenomenal. I can't believe it, it is brilliant. Who are we? SAS! We
try our best! They have great team spirit there. Some really inspiring
youngsters on the programme tonight. When the girls get back for the
Chelsea match we should get them here on the sofa and have a chat
with them. Good luck with that anyway. We were talking about
Reverend dated earlier on in the programme out he is sleeping outside
for the whole of Lent. It hasn't been a great start today, as it?
I hope you have a little bit of shelter if he can find it because it
doesn't look too clever. At least it is slightly less cold. That will
happen tomorrow. Today has been miserable and cold and this is a
Weather Watch photograph where you can make someone out in the sea
there, that is pretty brave! It looks like we will continue to see
unsettled conditions in the next few days. Tomorrow is less windy. There
will be some sunshine and it is mostly dry with good conditions for
most of us. At the moment the winds are a bit of an issue and they
continue to increase this evening and for a short time overnight the
winds could cost up to 50 or 60. If it causes any problems your BBC
local radio will keep you informed. These westerly gales continue for at
least half the night before they gradually drop. By the end of the
night it is a little bit less breezy and hopefully with the wind you
won't see too much in the way of frost developing, although there is
a risk of a few passing showers, even though the main area of rain
has moved out of the way. You will notice very weak but across as just
one day, a ridge of high pressure, but after it goes it will be no
pressure in charge. This is Friday. The low pressure system gets a bit
stuck. This is the middle of the day on Friday and by the middle of the
day on Saturday it has been moved and even by Sunday it is close by.
We are looking at some unsettled weather for the next three days. The
cloud from earlier today with the more persistent rain has now broken
up quite nicely and there was some late sunshine in a few places. This
was this afternoon in Plymouth when briefly there was some sunshine here
with a few showers dotted around. This is before the winds got out but
now it looks a bit different down there. These pictures were filmed by
our cameraman. This evening and tonight for those heading out to see
it is going to be pretty blustery. See conditions on the north and
south coasts will be pretty lively, with some big waves. Some showers
around but not many. A lot of dry weather through the night. The
showers that appear are light and fleeting. The wind helps to hold the
temperatures up so it won't be as cold as it has been. Minimum
temperature of three or four. Tomorrow we wake up to some
sunshine. The chance of a light shower and for much of the day for
most of us it is a dry day with sunny spells and increasing amounts
of medium and high level cloud approaching from the south-west at
the end of the day. That is the change again to wet conditions as we
move into tomorrow night in the small hours of Friday morning.
Tomorrow is warmer and with less wind and a bit of sunshine it could
feel better. Ten or 11 is the maximum. The Isles of Scilly here it
is bright with sunny spells and the winds will drop. Pretty lively wins
for the next few hours across the islands. Times of high water. For
our surfers, pretty awful conditions really. With the strength of win the
pixies out there and up to seven or ten meet -- feet but really very
messy, if not stormy. The coastal waters forecast. Not much to smile
about. It has to be said on Friday. It is a pity miserable day with
outbreaks of rain but not quite as windy as it has been. For the
weekend, the area of low pressure across us and a bit of sunshine with
a few showers around. Not particular cold through the night time is
slightly colder in the daytime, with nine or ten the top temperature.
Have a good evening. Thank you very much. That is all
from us for now. We have not -- we have an update at 10:30pm tonight
and we will be back with you at 6:30am tomorrow. Have a good
evening. Good night. I think my political beliefs are
really quite straightforward. I believe that our country needs to
work for everyone. Not just for the rich,
not just for the privileged, not just for those who know
the right people or who've got the loudest voices, but a country
that really works for everyone, has the opportunity to be
who they want to be. In order to make sure that the
country works for everyone, Standing up for the vulnerable,
for the voiceless, against those who feel that they're
strong and powerful.