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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands on Monday, March the 6th.
The latest in the search for a missing pensioner.
After three days, the emergency services say it's unlikely
Our hypothesis at this time is some misadventure has happened to Valerie
very soon after she came off the bus.
The row crossing the channel between Park home residents
Finding the words to make friends at nursery.
How a new grant is helping children who struggle to talk.
And there is some warm weather, quite a long way away from us past
Spain and Portugal, but some of that is drifting gradually towards us. I
will tend you when and how data in the programme. -- I will tell you.
The officer in charge of the search for a missing 75-year-old woman
in Jersey says the chances of finding her alive
Valerie Jehan was last seen getting off the bus
It's day four, and Jersey Police have widened their search area,
scouring fields near Devil's Hole for any signs of Valerie Jehan.
Officers believe her mobile phone is still in this area.
But, so far, no trace of the 75-year-old has been found,
and there hasn't been a single sighting of her.
Because we've had no other sightings or information to go on,
our hypothesis at this time is that something has happened to Valerie
very soon after she got off the bus, otherwise we would have expected
Valerie can be seen here on a bus from West Park to Devil's Hole
She checked the destination with the driver as she boarded.
And had told her family she was going for a walk.
She got off the bus in the pub car park just behind me,
and then walked up these steps, heading to the main road.
But from here there are several routes she may have taken,
including the coastal path or even back the way she came.
Throughout the weekend, searches were carried out
Both a light aircraft and a helicopter were used
to look for Valerie, while a drone was also put up
But it's now been more than 72 hours since she went missing.
Given that we have a 75-year-old lady in a difficult environment,
ie on the north coast, and given the horrendous weather we've
had over the weekend, after you get past that 72-hour
limit, then the chances of finding her alive continue
Officers are urging anyone who was in the area between 12
Jessica Banham, BBC Channel Islands News, Jersey.
A 72-year-old Alderney resident has died after crashing his toboggan
Ralph Hubbard had successfully completed the notoriously dangerous
Future employment permits will be made more easy for nearly 240 jobs
Employment permits under the new law are short-term,
one year, medium-term, five years, and long-term,
Jobs eligible for long-term permits include nurses,
social workers and secondary school teachers in maths,
The chair of the Population Employment Advisory Panel says it'll
One of the advantages of applying for and in permit job is not only do
you know before you start that you will get the license, but also it is
going to be cheaper. The number of holidaymakers visiting
Jersey has increased There were almost 356,000 staying
holiday visitors last year, But a drop in day trippers
and business travellers meant fewer people came to the island in total,
five percent below Visit Jersey's He said there were a number of
factors in the fall to visitor numbers.
We saw a contraction in capacity, the flights between Guernsey and
Jersey were down 18%, savings were down 3%, we had Brexit and
uncertainty in France, a combination wide those visitors did not come
last year. A Guernsey-based businessman
is being accused of unfair practices by dozens of mobile park home
residents in the UK. They say they're being exploited
because of special terms in contracts signed by Barry Weir
who lives in St Peter Port. But he insists it's
nothing to do with him. I have come to meet Rose, she lives
on this park in Bognor Regis. One of six parks owned by Silver Lakes
property investments Limited which is co-owned and run by this man,
Barry Weir. ?6,000 at the mesh Mark for the
maintenance? In the UK, park home residents own
their home but not the land it sits on.
They paint a pitch fee to cover the upkeep of communal areas. However,
here, residents like rows are constantly being hit with extra
charges. It is horrible, horrible. Sometimes
I could sit here and cry, what have I could sit here and cry, what have
we done, what have we moved onto? We have heard from dozens of people
living across all six properties and they are having the same problems as
Rose. Because Barry Weir's contracts contain unique clauses that some MPs
say are unfair. It is clear some park home residents
are being exploited by intimidation, bullying, costs, fees which are not
justified. Here in West Sussex, they pay one of
the highest pitch fees in the country, almost ?300 a month. Yet
they still have to pay for the communal upkeep of the park on top.
You get a letter to say you owe this money. Being as my husband is quite
ill come he doesn't want any worry, so we pay it.
We wanted to put our allegations to Barry Weir directly but we kept
being told the parks were nothing to do with him.
We from inside out, can I ask you about the contracts you have between
yourself and the residents of your mobile park homes?
I don't have any contracts. The lease, the freehold land is owned by
Silver Lakes property investments of which I am a director. It is leased
to a company who have the contracts. Can I talk about the contracts? No,
I know nothing about them. I am sorry, I am going home, goodbye
There we go, Barry Weir, the man who There we go, Barry Weir, the man who
has nothing to do whatsoever with those mobile park homes.
Children with special educational needs and disabilities in Jersey
A grant of ?24,000 from the Lloyds Bank Foundation will pay
for a specialist support worker to help these children use
Julie Flanagan has been to meet one little boy who's
He needs help with speech and language and making friends
But, thanks to money that's been given to
the Jersey Child Care Trust, he's getting support
from Emma so he can develop the social skills he needs.
with Lewis, he's able to say more words, use a bit more sign language.
He's able to communicate a little bit more with the other
He plays a lot more with them, just generally being able to move
around the nursery and be a happy little boy.
The money pays for Emma and other specialist support
workers who're employed through the Special
They've given over 7,500 hours of specialist support for children
with special educational needs and disabilities in
Without this support, children like Lewis wouldn't be able to use
mainstream nurseries, and would be waiting for a place
Having this support at the earliest time we can support them, ie,
in nursery, this does mean the difference for some children
between which school they go to, the amount of support that they need
when they go onto school and really their life chances
Nursery education helps young children develop the social
and communication skills they need for future life.
At nursery school, children like Lewis aren't treated any
differently and they're proof that learning can be child's play.
It was most definitely a wet weekend for most of us.
David Braine has got tonight's forecast.
I think there is more rain on the forecast. Back to those statistics,
we have had a dry winter for the Channel Islands, the average monthly
rainfall amounts is below where we should be, this week though will
make the difference. The rain isn't just wet, there is something else
happening, it is turning somewhat milder. The air is from a different
direction. It has been called today with the showers and blustery wind,
but the winds will continue to drop overnight, and for the rest of this
week, the air will come from the south, a warm weather front which
brings milder air, higher temperatures. The areas coming from
the south, a long way south, bringing teachers higher as we move
through this week into the weekend -- bringing temperatures.
By Friday, these southerly winds will bring temperatures of 15
degrees, hopefully even though the weather may not give us everything
we want, it does give higher temperatures.
Scattered showers this evening for a time, blustery winds gradually
dropping. Some clear skies developing after midnight allowing
temperatures back into single figures.
6 degrees minimum tonight. Tomorrow, bright weather in the morning, very
quiet, a veil of cloud producing spots of drizzle. More persistent
rain later in the day. Especially by the early evening. Breezy with winds
from the south, ten lead top temperature. Here are the times of
high water. And here is our forecast for the
waves. Light winds at first. A south easterly.
Increasing by the end of the day. This week, the temperatures are
slowly creeping up. Into the weekend, 14 is possible.
You're up-to-date with the latest news for the Channel Islands.
I'll be back with your headlines at eight.
Knitters in Bradninch are putting the finishing touches
to their collection of hundreds of teddy bears for child refugees.
The whole community, including Scouts, have been
They'll be put into the pockets of donated coats for
refugee children in Syria, Greece and elsewhere.
The bears are being displayed in people's windows this week
Although this is about theirs, it is not just about bears, it is about
clothes and the other things we are sending because that is what the
real need is. Also what we are doing is so small in the scheme of things
and their wrist still so much more scope for people to do other things.
It's time for the sport now and there were some cracking results
The Chiefs recorded a massive victory at the weekend beating
They secured second place in the Premiership with the most
substantial home defeat Leicester have suffered all season, meaning
the Chiefs have now done the league double over them.
Man of the match Geoff Parling said the win at his old stomping ground
was one of the biggest in his career.
There are just five rounds left of the Premiership, with the Chiefs
on course to make the play-offs for a second successive year.
But there's now a two-week break and the Chiefs
will switch their focus to the semifinal of the Anglo-Welsh Cup
where they face Harlequins at Sandy Park this Sunday.
Plymouth Albion beat Hull and Jersey beat the Cornish Pirates
It wasn't a fantastic display by either side.
In a low-scoring game, Jersey crossed the line first,
but fans had to wait until the second half for this.
The fact this try was converted made the crucial difference.
The Pirates did cross the line themselves later but lost 7-5.
The two sides meet again in the British and Irish cup
To football now, and there was only one win for our sides this weekend
and that was down to Plymouth Argyle in a game which involved second
BBC Radio Devon's commentator at Home Park was Charlie Price
You could tell it was two sides vying for promotion
It was actually Carlisle that had the better of the opening exchanges.
This header from Reggie Lamb, one of three times they had the ball
in the back of the net, each time though it was disallowed
Plymouth Argyle had a bit of a lifeline there and then
they sprang into life after about 20 minutes.
Graham Carey hadn't scored in 14 matches before this one
where he capitalised on a mistake to slot the Pilgrims
in front and they were on their merry way after that.
They won a penalty after Ryan Taylor was bundled to the ground
by Shaun Brisley, incidentally from a Graham Carey cross,
and then Jake Jervis stepped up to take his fourth penalty
of the season, converted it and that wrapped up
Not so good for Exeter City unfortunately though, was it?
No, they had the long trip north to Hartlepool as well in a bit
They did take the lead early on, Olly Watkins here thrashing the ball
in from the edge of the box, for his 14th of the season
and at that stage, it looked like the Grecians could be
on for another great win, but a second-half onslaught
from Hartlepool and two former Pilgrims combining here,
Nathan Thomas to Lewis Alessandra, who reacted quickest to equalise.
It was then the turn of former Accrington striker Padraig Amond.
He was released by Rhys Oates and fired the ball into the top
corner to give the hosts the lead for the first time in the game
and then Lewis Alessandra was at it again, saving best until last,
here skipping past three or four City defenders before wrapping up
the points for Hartlepool and that is now just one
Not good news either for Yeovil who lost 4-0 to Luton.
I think the least said about that the better and Torquay
didn't have a good day either, did they?
They are in a real relegation scrap in the National League.
They did take the lead in the first half.
His second goal of the season, so not a bad way to bring up
the lead for Torquay, but despite the visitors
going down to ten men, United couldn't hold onto that lead.
Here Jake Cassidy branding the goalkeeper, equalised
for the visitors and then it got even worse with some more bad
defending from Torquay, allowing Will Hatfield to nip
in and put them into the lead and that is how it ended.
We will have to watch this space where Torquay is concerned, but,
Do you remember the girls football team we featured last week?
The SAS girls Under 12s from Barnstaple were on an amazing
unbeaten run and this weekend they extended it
That is amazing. There is no stopping them. Long may it continue
as well. We thought we'd go to he cinema now
and not just any old cinema, but one where Agatha Christie used
to be a regular. The lights have been off
at The Paignton Picture House since 1999, but it's being brought
back to life with an unusual Students from South Devon
college are creating a show It involves a mix of
acting and singing along Spotlight's Sophie Pierce has
been to take a look. Lights, camera, action. The old
cinema is alive again. 1999, the last screening of the film here. I
watch movies all the time. On my phone. My mum used to come here,
watch films and she was telling me about how she remembers when it was
closed down and it is odd to think now I am here doing stuff in it
designed a sequence of projections designed a sequence of projections
which play a big role in the show. It explores the idea of the analogue
media and the new. The big drive at media and the new. The big drive at
the college, the Digital agenda and it is important for our students to
have that transition and hopefully this project will highlight that. 18
years ago the cinema closed its doors for the last time. But lovers
of the old cinema are determined it will reopened and save the show will
reenergise the campaign. It is based on an interpretation and reaction of
the history which is central to the building and its importance, so to
see that interpreted and express in all the different media is
wonderful. It is a multimedia show telling the history of cinema
through the decades. The students doing everything from scripting to
acting to costume and props. Being able to collaborate with the media,
the fashion, dance and performing arts because we would not be able to
do that in any other show said this is the first time it has happened
and it is nice to use your imagination on what people did when
they came here. This old cinema could certainly tell a fuse stories
and who knows what the next chapter in its history will be.
Now to an epic challenge involving a small open boat,
a crew packed in like sardines, and a 4,000 mile row.
Well, that's what Captain Bligh and his handful of loyal men had
to do when there was mutiny on HMS Bounty 230 years ago.
Now, as part of a new TV series, which starts tonight,
south west-based yachtsman Conrad Humpreys is one of the crew
Conrad, who's won the BT Global Challenge and came seventh
in the Vendee Globe, was one of nine crew members
who faced the same challenges as Captain Bligh in the South
Storms, basic navigation and rationed food for 60 days
it. Here is a quick look at the it. Here is a quick look at the
programme tonight. 200 metres past these jagged rocks here. We have to
give it all otherwise this journey is over, the boat is finished. Keep
the noise down, let's get this done! Let's go, boys! That looked pretty
dangerous and pretty scary. What was going on there? We were trying to
make landfall. Captain Bligh was cast off a volcanic island and he
made his way to the island but the island its self is volcanic, very
jagged rocks, there is no obvious place to land. That moment was, we
were really struggling to make landfall. The wind was pushing
onto the rocks. It looks like it onto the rocks. It looks like it
will be a great programme, but when you were offered to do it, did you
jump at the opportunity? I did jump at it because how often do you get
the chance to recreate something like this and with a programme of
huge opportunity. The reality is it huge opportunity. The reality is it
his nine strangers thrown together on a boat, we don't know each other
and I was a professional skipper on board the boat. I was under Captain
and to who played Captain Bligh. I was very apprehensive. I'd describe
it as an audacious trip and quite reckless but very bold. We pulled
something of that was magical. I have listed some of the things you
have achieved but how does this compare to what you have done in the
past? In terms of the equipment and technology you are used to and what
you had on-board? This was pairing everything back to the very basics
and I have brought in something with me. This would be the sort of
thing... That's right. When Captain Bligh was cast adrift, it was a
quite humane way, he was left for quite humane way, he was left for
dead but he was given some of his tools, he was given a sextant. He
had the charts in his head, he charted some of this area with
Captain Cook. Captain Bligh was an expert with one of these things,
much better than I am but he was given some Russians and included
with that he was given 28 gallons of water, 150 par of pork. You had 400
calories a day, you must have lost a lot of weight. We all lost between
20 and 25 kilos. Our doctor, our surgeon on board the boat, he lost
25% of his body weight. It was quite an ordeal. It does look amazing,
quite scary as we said at times. What do you make of what Captain
Bligh achieves? He has been a much maligned in the media, he is painted
as a real villain and I don't think he was particularly warm to his
loyalists, his crew and that is probably why some mutinies happened,
but he was a remarkable navigator and having got his guys to Timor
safely, few could argue with his navigational ability albeit most of
his guys actually died within three weeks of arriving. Nine o'clock
tonight, Channel 4. Look forward to seeing it. Thank you for coming in.
good news, we need some because it good news, we need some because it
has not been good. It will turn milder later on this week and
temperatures will make a big difference to how it feels.
Certainly unsettled, milder, often windy conditions also. Cloud from
the West should break up. More cloud out to the west and that is a warm
front which will bring some rain eventually tomorrow but also bring
higher temperatures and we hold onto that West or Southwest wind for the
rest of this week. Another line of rain keeping us on Thursday but look
where the air is coming from, it is coming from Spain and Portugal so
temperatures up to 13, 14 degrees. temperatures up to 13, 14 degrees.
The cloud has been quite well broken this afternoon. A few heavy showers
left behind but for most of us there has been some sunshine. This was
earlier today where our cameraman just having a glimpse of the state
of the rivers at the moment because there is plenty of water coming down
after the last three days worth of rain. The moss and vegetation soaks
up the water but eventually it makes its way down to the rivers. More
rain possible tomorrow, especially in the second half of the day.
Overnight it becomes a mainly dry, some showers but very isolated. The
second half of the night, enough clear skies to drop the temperatures
and hear the lowest temperatures in the east. Patchy rain arriving in
the far West. The risk of Frost most likely for Somerset and Dorset with
temperatures between one and three degrees. Some brief brightness for
all of us tomorrow. Hazy sunshine for parts of East Devon, Somerset
and Dorset. This rain to come in but once it does settle in, it does
become quite widespread and persistent. Temperatures of ten or
11 degrees. For the Isles of Scilly, cloudy with patchy rain. Time is of
high water at Penzance 1201. For our surfers most of the beaches will be
messy with five and seven feet along the north coast. The winds becoming
suddenly, shower was replaced by more persistent rain and poor
visibility. The temperatures keep on coming up. By the end of the week,
13, possibly 14 degrees. That is all from us. More stories on Inside Out
here on BBC One in half an hour. We are back tomorrow. Good night.