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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands on Tuesday, March 7th.
A final sighting of 75-year-old Valerie Jehan reported
to the police but chances of finding her are
Improving Guernsey's travel links, warnings that without a runway
extension it'll become an economic backwater.
My own view is that if we don't have a runway extension sooner rather
than later, it will be a great bar to Guernsey developing as and
economy. The therapy Pat dog from Jersey
who's heading to the world's most Police say the chances
of finding missing Jersey woman Valerie Jehan
alive are remote. The 75 year-old was last seen
on Friday getting a bus to the island's north coast,
and officers have now revealed there's been
a confirmed sighting of her. Julie Flanagan is at the scene
at Devil's Hole now. You have been that the quite a
while, tell me what has been going on.
At about half past four, this place was extremely
busy with the police, fire crews and the coastguard.
Access to Devil's Hole was restricted and you can
probably see from these pictures that fire officers
When they came back up, they retrieved an item.
The police have confirmed it was a black handbag.
It has been an extension search over the past few days, with drones
We have no confirmation as to what has happened to Valerie Jehan.
Finding a handbag is a major development in this case but also
the police confirmed another sighting of her on Friday.
That is right. The police have said there was a confirmed sighting of
Valerie Jehan on the pathway here. In a statement released by the
inspector. He said... Although we have
received this one sighting, a contact that reinforces
what we have been doing we continue to believe that
something has happened to Valerie Sadly because of the passage
of time, the weather conditions and Valerie's age we now believe
the chances of finding Specially trained Family
Liaison Officers continue The police have said that their
search on land will continue for another couple of days and after
that, they will explore other lines of enquiry.
Thank you very much. Just a confirmed the latest details in that
missing person said is that tonight, in the last few moments, the police
have confirmed that the handbag of Valerie Jehan has been found.
Two Jersey teachers who were left in a critical condition
after an alleged hit and run in the French Alps are
The man and woman, who work at De La Salle College,
The pair were at La Clusaz ski resort during half term
when they were allegedly hit by a motorist at high speed
A spokesperson for the school says they've been moved to a UK hospital
A Guernsey charity who lodged a formal complaint against three
senior deputies is refusing to apologise, despite
Deputy Lyndon Trott, Mary Lowe and Paul Le Pelley
were cleared of a code of conduct complaint last week.
They were alleged to have made disparaging comments about a fellow
politician's ability to work while caring for a
Guernsey's Community Foundation say the sole motive was to ensure
there was no discrimination in public office.
There are no winners in this process. We would fully understand
that as we have said. For our part, we continue to feel it was right
with the information we had to try to resolve this personally
discreetly and privately and secondly, not having been able to do
that, on behalf, the Guernsey disability Alliance and particularly
its members, to try to ensure that such determination does not exist.
Guernsey's Economic Development president says he has reason
to believe Condor Ferries is for sale.
Deputy Peter Ferbrache made the comments at a Scrutiny hearing
He also said Guernsey could become an economic 'backwater'
A parliamentary meeting in a public place.
And beyond the usual confines of the States building,
there was nowhere to hide from the cameras today.
And top of the agenda was to check how much
progress has been made in improving Guernsey's air and sea links.
And the answer was, "some but not enough."
The man responsible says Guernsey needs a longer runway.
I would think we would be crazy not to have the runway extension.
Because we are otherwise going to be an economic backwater.
Deputy Ferbrache says he has reason to believe Condor Ferries
I believe they are. They have not told me that they are looking to
sell that I read the financial newspapers, I'm not completely
without some commercial reality. I believe they want to sell because
they are an equity business and this is probably not their best ever
purchase. Condor's owner Macquarie
Infrastructure and Real Assets has declined to comment on market
rumours or speculation. However, sources close
to the business say there is no For the man chairing
the meeting today was a reminder of how little
progress has been made on Bearing in mind that there was such
a hot topic at the election and bearing in mind there was a lot of
noise made by a lot of people about Aircon activity and the links, there
has been a lock of process and I think that is what we have
underlined this morning. -- a lack of presets.
the Scrutiny Committee is considering a wholesale review
A Jersey business is still feeling the effects of the weekend's storm,
The strike hit a tree outside Belles Fleurs nursery in Grouville
during a storm on Sunday evening, knocking out the phone lines
The manager says he has lost trade and money.
It is really the start of our spring time really and after the winter
months, we do not really need this to happen but it is going to take a
few days to get it sorted out. There is good to be some cost of easy
because we have lost trade, we cannot do credit card transactions
because that is through the telephone lines.
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is changing its name to Jersey Zoo.
It's the original title given by its founder Gerald Durrell
in 1959 but it changed ten years ago after the Trust made a conscious
decision to avoid the word 'zoo', because of negative connotations
A recent survey at Jersey airport revealed many tourists did not know
The trust name will remain the same, that is global body in the 18
countries we work with. We want people to know we are here so we are
changing the name back to Jersey zoo. The visibility reason but also
to honour our founder, he called a Jersey zoo and we will that again.
It's the world's largest dog show and this week for the first time
ever, a finalist from Jersey will compete to be national therapy
Sausage, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was nominated by residents
at St Ewolds nursing home, where he provides some much needed
Sausage isn't shy about showing affection for the people
He's visited these residents every week for the past four years.
He is just amazing. He seems to know what you are saying to him. I just
think he's absolutely lovely. It gives you something to talk about
when you're having teeth. I saw Sausage today. Funny we haven't got
sausage on the menu today. Sausage is a Staffordshire
Bull Terrier, which might not be the first breed
you'd think of for a therapy dog. But his owner Angie believes they're
misunderstood and says He chooses how long he stays
with each person so I've had incidences where people haven't been
that well before and he's stayed as if to say, "Yeah,
you need picking up a bit," he wants them to smile
before he leaves. Sausage is part of the charity
Pets As Therapy or Pat, they have 21 dogs working
on Jersey and more than 5000 They visit hospitals
and schools with students who have special needs,
as well as residents in care homes. They get very emotional because it
brings back all the memories of what used to happen in their lives. They
love the sort of contact and the one-to-one and their eyes sparkle
and we had one particular resident and he would just keep alive, his
wife said, that those Wednesdays and those visits from Sausage.
It was St Ewolds who nominated Sausage to be Pat's dog of the year.
He's up against five other finalists and will appear
at Crufts to hear the winner announced on Friday.
Angie reckons he may even pull out his signature
move for the judges - the sausage roll.
Jessica Banham, BBC Channel Islands News, Jersey.
If you were watching last night, David Braine said some sun
was on the way towards the end of the week.
Well, after another grey day, I'm still waiting.
You have to be patient. Some good temperatures, the cloud is a bit
stubborn. The cloud we have now is producing rain this evening. It will
tend to vote lab later in the night but it remains quite misty, further
spots of drizzle tomorrow. It will feel mild but the risk of some fog
patches that could affect the airports through the day tomorrow. A
couple of weather fronts, the first moving eastwards. The second is a
bit more fast moving. They give some rain this evening and then ripples
developing alongside this weather fronted the cloud just to the north
of us. Keep the risk of drizzle and the risk of mist and fog also.
Perhaps by Thursday into Friday, with the high pressure getting
close, it may draw up some better, cleaner air, less problems with
visibility and hopefully some breaks in the cloud will be lovely sunshine
to come through. I think it is quite limited. This is the wet weather we
have this evening. It will move faster and faster, the winds were
fresh in from the south-west, a mild night. For a few hours, we could end
up with some wet weather. Introducing that Luke Clow, wind and
temperatures between seven and nine Celsius. Tomorrow, a lot of cloud
for most of the day, visibility problems are possible with the file
can help fog over the lower parts of the island but it will be mild, 12
Celsius. White breezy. Onto the times of high water. Most beaches
will be rather choppy, south-west winds and be the temperature at the
moment is between eight and nine Celsius. Those of the poster water
forecasts. -- coastal water. Poor visibility. Thursday, is very
similar, perhaps a few more breaks developing Thursday and into Friday.
Cooler but also brighter with perhaps some sunshine on Saturday.
That's if from the team here in the Channel Islands -
if you've missed anything you can watch tonight's programme
I'll leave you with the rest of Spotlight.
If you want to do it, I'm sure you'll do it very well. You have the
uniform... Now she's the boss. Fly b's now executive began her career
as an aviation engineer before working her way up. Today, she's
meeting pupils from nearby Cranbrook High, keen to coax more girls into
this predominantly male profession. We are supporting diversity in the
workforce to create a better environment. Today 41 of the
workforce are female. We are still only 10% of female pilots, of female
engineers, and we are trying to do everything to push that further.
Charlotte grew up in Exmouth and recently completed an apprenticeship
with Flybe. I've always been mechanically minded and from a young
age working on some sort of machinery or ennies or anything,
it's been a passion of mine and that's what I've wanted to do so I
thought why not start big and work on planes. There was a time when
women in aviation industries could only hope to be cabin crew. That's
now changing. Emma and Charlotte are some of the women here working at
this hangar in Exeter. They are still a minority, but the company
says they are hoping to change that. These are some of the current
engineering apprentices. There are currently seven girls out of 109 on
the four-year course. Has today's visit inspired tomorrow's workers? I
found it really interesting and exciting and I think that when I'm
older, being a pilot would be something I would like to look at.
There are now more job opportunities for women. Tomorrow to mark
international women's day, Flybe is flying the flag.
A Dorset woman who is blind and has terminal cancer
is about to realise her dream of having her own novel published.
Trish Vickers started hand-writing her book
after she lost her sight 11-years ago, but didn't know that 26
of the pages were blank because her pen had run out of ink.
Thanks to forensic experts her story was saved.
The book is about as big as that and it looks amazing. It's the book she
always wanted to write. She lost her sight 11 years ago through diabetes.
The writing gave her an outlet so she put pen to paper literally.
She'd been in such disarray with her life into this darkness, her husband
left her et cetera and she lived alone. It was escapism. It was
another world for her to live in where she could do what she wanted
to do. The legacy was hand written. She used elastic bands around a clip
board to keep the word straight. But she didn't know the ink ran out, so
when her son read it back to her, 26 pages were blank. The Dorset Police
came to their rescue. Forensic experts used their skills to
rediscover the words. Local publishing firm Magic Oxygen have
stepped in to produce the book quickly. Trish's health has taken a
turn for the worse, she has terminal cancer. We realised there was
something very necessary in publishing Trish's book because we
heard straightaway she was diagnosed with a terminal disease and wanted
her book which was as far as she was concerned, finished. The book is
110,000 words long and should be ready by this weekend, turning
Trish's deem into a reality. The rumours surrounding Plymouth
Argyle's floodlit kit in a moment. The foraging season has officially
begun. Learning what you can and can't eat, well, that's the hard
bit. Over the next few days, some of this warmth over Spain and Portugal
will head up towards us but it picks up moisture. More problems with mist
and fog over the next few days. Tonight at Home Park Plymouth Argyle
play what should be their last game of the season under floodlights
and there's speculation they may not wear their
traditional dark green kit. Apparently the players struggle
to pick each other out against the dark back drop
and so a change to white BBC Radio Devon's Alan Richardson
is getting ready to commentate on the game and we can join him now
live. Alan, what is the verdict, what are
they going to wear? Well, the verdict is they are going to change
kits and wear that all-white kit. They are allowed to change once a
season for home games and they've taken this option in what is their
final midweek home game of the season. Why is the green kit a
problem just this season? I think it's just that little bit darker.
It's a really smart kit, the players have difficulty picking each other
out, particularly on the gloomy nights. The floodlights on this
stand, the one that will be pulled down, are not as good as the other
ones. It combines together, the dark green of the kit, the green of the
grass and the green of the seats as well. Sometimes passes go astray
because they are not able to be picked out. Things didn't go so well
last week, did they? No, they didn't. I don't think you can really
blame that on the kit on this occasion. It was a mix-up by the
goalkeeper really who didn't manage to deal with the situation when the
ball came back to him with pace and it ended up in the back of the net.
They can ill-afford those mistakes against Blackpool tonight. Is there
a chance the green kit would be dropped permanently because there
would be outrage wouldn't there if the club didn't play in green? I'm
sure there would be outrage. Derek batted off into the long grass when
I asked that question. They'll look at the kit for next season. It's a
money-spinner, the replica. They may look at a whiter kit or an all-white
kit but I'm sure it will be mostly green from here on forward.
Commentary starts at 7. 30. Thank you very much.
As the countryside comes to life again with signs of Spring it's
the perfect time to find a feast of flavours in the hedgerows.
The official foraging season has just started and one expert has been
showing some of the South West's chefs the fresh produce growing
all around us and of course the things to avoid.
Heidi Davey joined them for a expedition along
This is cress. Did you taste it when cooking earlier. For David, the huge
gardens here at the hotel provide the ultimate hunting ground. He is
showing local chefs and apprentices how to find and identify the world
food available on their own doorstep. This is edible. Not
everything is. And it was time for me to listen up and learn. There is
a lot of people will be out picking garlic. One thing that grows with
this one is usually a plant called arron. That's this one here. You
don't want to eat that one. Eat that one and it's not as strong as the
shop-bought garlic. There are some chemicals in it that don't react the
same so they don't smell. So you could go kissing after that. Now,
that is a sound we all like to hear. For the apprentices who train at the
Truro and Penwith college, it's time to watch the head chef here cook up
our dinner with the freshly picked wild garlic. This is the first time
I went through with someone explaining how to pick the leaves
and what leaves are good. Is it the first time you've foraged? Yes, I've
never thought of doing it. Now that I've done it, it's opened my eyes to
what I cath I could put into my recipes. I come from Italy, so the
philosophy is, locally produced and forage as much as you can so it's
better. It's good to have this on your doorstep. Stays fresh on the
plate. Does anyone else want a go...
Now how about this for a mystery which involves a pound note,
Curators at a museum have been left baffled
after one of their artefacts, a 200-year-old pound note was stolen
Eleanor Parkinson has been unravelling the plot.
This pound note was issued by a Cornish bank in 1819 and it was so
rare it was placed into the safe keeping of the Padstow museum. But
it was stolen from the museum back in the 80s. Three decades on, it's
been posted back. I opened it up and out came this
note. I instantly recognised it. No letter? No letter. No indication of
who it came from. And that is not the end of the story
because the missing pound note arrived in wet and windy Padstow in
this airmail letter all the way from St Lucia in the Caribbean. So how
did it end up in St Lucia? One thing is clear, it's been carefully looked
after. It has not been torn or crumpled, which is just as well and
it's now quite valuable. It's a sort of key part of the history of
Padstow when we had a Bank of Our own and it's lovely to have it back.
Would you like to know who sent it back? Part of me, yes, of course.
I'm realliure Cowes. -- curious. I've watched too many dramas, you
sort of make up your own story. If anyone gets any ideas, it's been
conveniently placed next to an old police truncheon.
That's bizarre! Time for the weather. Let's hope that's not such
a mystery. Is it straightforward? Back to standard weather for the
south-west. Mist, drizzle and the fog. Hello, good evening. The good
news is it's milder, temperatures are on the rise. It gets a bit
warmer each day for the rest of this week. There was some sunshine this
morning. You have to go a long way east to find it. This was Dorset.
Lovely shot of the sun rise. Grey skies much further west. You can see
the surfers still having a go though. Tomorrow is more of the
same. Cloudy, overcast conditions, patchy rain but mild. Also problems
both tonight and tomorrow with a lot of low cloud. The hill fog returns,
the coastal mist comes back, so does that fine wet drizzle. You can see
the stripe of cloud that's stretching into the Atlantic. We are
just to the south of the main weather front. That means we
continue with the same sort of weather type, not just for overnight
and into the day tomorrow but pretty much the same as we move into
Thursday as well. Perhaps briefly on Friday, as we see the high pressure
try to get closer to us, there may well be a few breaks developing.
With such mild air, an hour's worth of sunshine is going to lift the
temperatures so we are expecting to see higher temperatures later on
this week. The rain's been in dribs and drabs and slow to come in today.
It's mostly affecting Cornwall. Still some holes left in the cloud
of east Somerset and Dorset. Gradually, the cloud and rain will
spill across most of the south. What will replace it is a brisk west or
south-westerly wind, mild air but also quite misty conditions. A lot
of low cloud, spits and spots of drizzle. Most of southern Britain
tomorrow is covered with cloud and the blue is where we continue to see
some outbreaks of rain. Through the night, that rain band continues its
journey towards East Anglia and London. Some dribs and drabs of rain
left behind in it. A lot of hill fog developing too. If you live high up,
it could be misty and murky. Look at the temperatures, between seven and
11, milder than it's been recently. Unfortunately, the same picture
tomorrow, not many breaks in the cloud and generally a damp day for
all of us, brisk south-west winds and temperatures are higher. We
could get to 13 tomorrow. It will feel warmer than it has been despite
all the cloud. Briefly perhaps the hint of some
brightness in the afternoon. That will be a bit limited.
Most beaches will have some sizeable waves tomorrow. Most beaches will be
messy between four and six feet. It is brighter towards the end of
the week, more especially into the weekend. At least the temperatures
are a little higher. Have a good evening. Back to you.
Thank you very much. That is all from us, don't forget there's
commentary on the Plymouth Argyle match beginning shortly over on BBC
Radio Devon and we are back with you tomorrow at 6. 30. From all of us
here, good night. I could be a boxing champ,
AND build your computer.