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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands. These are Monday's headlines.


Issy celebrity obsession with weight to blame for young children going on


diets? Quite a number of the children that you talk to are quite


unhappy about how they look and would describe themselves as fat.


Charities in Jersey as being encouraged to help the unemployed


And historic markings that saved lives


during the Occupation are to be removed


from the former Jersey College for Girls.


It's always sad to see something effectively disappear, but we have


to be realistic. Not everything can be saved.


There's concern children as young as six in Guernsey are becoming


with one local eating disorder specialist saying, in particular,


it's worrying how many ten-year-old girls say they've been on diets.


A recent survey revealed a third of primary school pupils


and often criticised if they let things slip.


But is celebrity culture making us all too obsessed


And, worryingly, is it it rubbing off on our children?


Even quite young children, six, seven, eight years old, quite a


number of them are unhappy about how they look. They would describe


themselves as fat. Ten-year-old girls in particular. Many of them or


say that they have been on a diet. It's something nurses like


Christine often come across. She mainly deals with children that


are perhaps overweight but she says


negative messages don't help. If parents can avoid saying that


they are going on a diet, that is a great start. Don't give those


messages out. You eat food because it is nice food, that is a much


better way of approaching it. Schools like this one


are doing their bit, with lessons focusing on making kids


proud of their bodies. Everybody looks like the one that


you love. Children are open to more things, for example the use of


social media, magazines, what we see in shops, rather than taking a


negative slant, we're looking at parents who have gone down the


positive root of celebrating our own bodies, instead. Everybody has that


when things in their bodies and they can think differently and feel


differently. I always hear lots of adults saying I am on a diet.


Actually it is not a diet, it is just a healthy lifestyle, it is just


what your lifestyle should be. And, a lesson for us all,


perhaps, to take on board. And we'll have more on that story -


which has been described as a ticking time bomb for Guernsey


- in our late news at 10:30pm. Charities in Jersey are being


encouraged to hire people who've been unemployed


for a long time, using


a States Back to Work scheme. The scheme offers companies


and other groups funding for training,


and up to six months' salary if they take


on unemployed recruits. But there's some concern it doesn't


suit much of the charity sector. Sammi is learning the ropes


for her new admin role the Barnardo's service


based in Jersey. Previously unemployed,


her salary here is being covered Without this help, the charity


couldn't have afforded her. Sammi's come in and she's


picked up the admin work. She's able to do the basic admin


that project workers are able to work with young people


on the ground so, yeah, And Sammi isn't the only


one who's found work through this Back to


Work scheme. The Social Security department


introduced the scheme and it's so far cost


just under ?600,000. It's funded roles for 150


people looking for work, with about half of them


getting their employment extended But, while it doesn't


have exact figures, the department says


there's a low take-up but it seems they've


got their work cut out. The scheme doesn't work


as well for charities as it does


for the private sector. The charities don't always


have the resources to continue employing that person,


so unfortunatrely they take them for the short time that covers it


and then they have to let them go. So can the States do


anything to help? Obviously, some charities


do continue employing people especially if they've been


beneficial to the organisation, It's sad if the charity can't


continue with employment they've had valuable work


experience. This particular Jersey charity has


had previous success with the scheme, but even they admit


finances will have to be assessed before they can commit to keeping


Sammi on after the six months'


funding runs out. A post mortem examination is to be


carried out on the body of a man recovered from the sea


at Pleinmont in Guernsey. A large-scale air, land and sea


search was carried out over the weekend for 50-year-old


Patrick Eker A formal identification


is expected later. The police are not treating


the death as suspicious. In the last hour, we've learnt


the Air Search and Alderney lifeboat are searching for an Alderney man


who's been reported missing. Keith Jones was last seen


yesterday at two o'clock. He's described as being five


foot ten, slim and bald and was wearing


a red and grey anorak. A disciplinary hearing has heard how


an ambulance station officer in Guernsey failed to follow up


a 999 call from an elderly man


who was having a heart attack. when Alan Hamilton dialled 999


but the call was cut off and attempts to call him


back were unsuccessful. Procedures, including logging


the call and dispatching the police and ambulance, were not


followed through and Mr Hamilton's body


was found the next day. The hearing in


Southampton continues. Historic markings that warned pilots


not to bomb an island hospital during the Occupation


will be removed as the former Jersey College


for Girls is converted into flats. It comes after a report


on the island's heritage criticised for failing to preserve


historic sites. Sitting next to his anti-aircraft


gun - a German soldier keeps watch Churchill's pilots launched


several air attacks on the islands. So red crosses -


like those seen here in France - were painted on hospitals


to avoid casualties. 70 years on and time has faded


the markings at the former


Jersey College for Girls site. It's always sad to see something


effectively disappear but we have to be realistic.


Not everything can be saved. The crosses are now very faint


and sadly are almost invisible. Jersey College for Girls


was located in this


magnificent building from 1888. They were moved out by Nazi


engineers in 1941 but it wasn't until 1943 that it became a hospital


and the red crosses were painted A stylish new development for


something for everyone. The developers believe it


would essentially be illegal as the site is no longer used


as a hospital, and the front of the building is in such


a poor state of repair, it needs painting to


preserve its structure. Yet it's not the first


time questions have been raised about the re-development of historic


sites on the Island. This HMV logo in St Helier was saved


after a petition was signed Earlier this month,


a heritage report criticised the Southampton Hotel


development for only keeping


the original building's fa ade. But planning bosses say change


is essential Turning buildings back


into preserved structures or reverting them to the way


they were in 1944 would not be paying true homage to our


aspirations And while there is a demand for more


residential accommodation on the island,


Tracey says they will always try and balance the needs of future


developers Sport now and it's been announced


that Guernsey and Jersey cricket teams will be heading


to Johnannsburg later in the year for the World Cricket


League Five tournament. The South African city was chosen


over Jersey and the Netherlands Jersey Reds have climbed


to fifth in the Championship They beat Rotherham Titans


17-9 at St Peter. And congratulations


to Guernsey's Ladies Rugby Team They ended their season in style


with an 85-0 victory over Worthing. Finally football, and Jersey beat


rivals Guernsey 1-0 to win the Under-18s Muratti


at Springfield. Jake Prince netted a last-gasp


winner for the home side. I nearly wasn't here today after fog


delayed my return from holiday, a frustration many of us have had


to endure in recent weeks. Lets see if it's clear


skies for the week. Good evening. It will be promising


this week. We have swapped the low cloud and fog for sunshine and


showers. We have had some sunshine through today. That weather is


clearing now. Behind it, we have cooler air. In the next few days it


will be rather cool with a mixture of sunshine and showers and,


throughout this week, rather breezy. This cold front just clearing, it


has broken the cloud up so we have largely clear skies out there at the


moment. Tomorrow, a much more promising day. Plenty of sunshine.


It will still be quite breezy and still on the chilly side as well.


Wednesday, we will see some spells of rain through the morning, then


that system pushes out of the way and we should see some drier,


brighter weather. We have a few showers out there at the moment. One


or two heavy bursts at times. Fairly breezy, but clear skies over like


tonight. Even with that breeze, the potential for temperatures to get


down as low as five Celsius. That shows you just how cold that there


is. Tomorrow, a much better day. We'll see one or two shall was


initially but for the bulk of the day, sunshine. The wind will be an


issue. We will see a lot of sunshine but it will feel cooler than you


would think once you step outside with those high winds. Here are your


times of high water... And for our surfers... Generally messy or choppy


conditions. The wins will be Westerly, 4-6, gradually


south-westerly as we go through tomorrow. Isolated showers through


the morning I and foremost a dry day the some sunshine. Visibility mainly


good. Tomorrow one of the better days of the week with cloud pushing


in on Wednesday on Thursday with outbreaks of rain, continuing to


breezy as we head through the week and warming up towards next weekend.


I'll be back at eight with an update and then again with you local news


first after the BBC National news at ten twenty five.


in some of the most sensitive rural sites in the county.


McDonagh failed to turn up to Plymouth Crown Court


and a European Arrest Warrant has been issued to bring back


the offender from the Republic of Ireland, so that justice


It is now a familiar sight in our countryside.


The beauty spots were fly-tippers can illegally dump rubbish


But look at how much devastation one man can cause.


18 separate sites across three local authorities were used


by Martin McDonagh over more than a year.


One victim who was ripped off by the serial fly-tipper also faced


a fixed penalty notice served by the local authority


I was heavily pregnant, I was moving out of my dad's flat


and trying to start a new, fresh life, new home, new family


I wanted everything gone, sorted and I couldn't do that.


He knows how to work people to get what he wants. He can come across as


the most friendliest person in the world. He knows what he is doing.


In sentencing, the charge said Martin McDonagh would pester home


owners who were then charged money and then he was in a habit of coming


back and pestering for more money. He said his manner was persistent


and threatening. Tanis Bandhari Martin McDonagh showed their regard


for the customers. He showed no regard for the environment and he


showed no regard for the land owners, local authorities who have


had to clear up the massed. Martin McDonagh's van has been crushed and


recycled. If only he had taken this approach with his work.


It was a massive weekend of sport, but it's fair to say there weren't


Natalie's here with good news and bad news.


Shall we get the bad news out of the way?


The Exeter Chiefs just failed in their bid to win the first trophy


They lost 16-12 to Leicester Tigers in the final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.


Charlie Price watched the game in London.


It was another big day for fans of the Exeter Chiefs.


More than a thousand of them travelled from Devon to London


We will win quite handsomely, probably by about 25 points.


I think we will play really well and if we have a good squad


performance, then we'll bring home the cup - brilliant.


At the Twickenham stoop, a young Chiefs side was aiming


to win the Anglo-Welsh Trophy for a second time and they enjoyed


the first try of the match, with James Short on the end


of a good passing move and his pace gave the Leicester defence no


But the Tigers responded and took control of the game.


Tom Brady intercepted another Exeter passing move and he scored.


It was converted and another two penalties from Freddie Burns saw


the Chiefs trail by 11 points at the break.


No points were scored in the second half until the 77th minute,


when after 39 phases of play, Sam Simmonds finally breached


the Tigers' defence, but there wasn't enough time


So it was defeat in the final of this competition


There was also disappointment for the Plymouth Raiders


as they lost in the BBL Trophy final to a slick Leicester Riders team.


A 1,000-mile round trip to and from Glasgow saw


The Raiders were always the underdogs and Leicester showed


why they were favourites with a strong start.


Of their 19 attempts in the first quarter,


Plymouth only managed to score three times, meaning the writing


Despite a valiant fightback by the Raiders in the second


quarter, when they tried to stay in touch with their opposition,


it soon became obvious that the Riders were too good


and they started to run away with it.


Plymouth did well to make it to the final,


their first in ten years, but yesterday just wasn't their day.


The Riders reigned supreme and it finished 91-58.


At the end of the day, it's a make or miss sport.


You miss the shots, you lose and we had, overall,


four more shots than them, and we lost by 30,


We're going to have to go back to the drawing board,


see where we're taking our shots from and why we're missing so many


shots, because that has hurt us over the last six or seven weeks.


The long trip back from Glasgow was a disappointing


Eight games left of the season and Plymouth Argyle maintained


their automatic promotion push with a win over Morecambe


It finished 1-0, which might not sound that exciting,


but by all accounts it was a humdinger of a game.


Graham Carey was the scorer with a superb effort.


Argyle were unlucky not have have had more.


Exeter City are still in the play-off zone in seventh place


The Grecians took the lead just before the hour mark


Luton, who are currently fifth, equalised a few minutes later.


Exeter are just one point ahead of eighth-placed Blackpool.


On Saturday they're against Yeovil, who also drew


They were hosting Accrington Stanley who had ten men


Francois Zoko scored Yeovil's equaliser.


The Glovers are 17th with their opponents one place


And if you're wondering where Torquay are, well,


They're in action tomorrow at home to Eastleigh.


Are you aware it is International Day of Happiness with that bulletin?


Sorry! But didn't they do well to get there? The top two teams. There


is always next year. A wooden crate may not be the first thing you think


of as a work of art but left it in the hands of a graffiti artist in


Exeter they have been transformed. The artists have used their skills


to turn the crates into colourful and eye-catching pieces which will


now be auctioned off for charity. The crates were truly,


truly extraordinary. People can be as wild


and as wacky as they want to be. The spare time of 22 graffiti


artists combined with a donation of 22 blank crates and this


is what you get. It really is extraordinary,


absolutely extraordinary. I know the work of all


of the artists involved because I was the one to approach


them, but it was so surprising that the depth and range


of results that we got. The struggle is now where to display


these pieces of art. Because the idea is we are going


to have an auction to make as much money as we can to give to a charity


cause and that charity cause is the homeless that I see


all the time in Exeter. I don't understand why somebody


is not ringing me up straightaway and saying,


"Martin, do you know what? "I will have your crates,


I will display them It is a cause really close


to my heart right now. I cannot ever be more amazed


of people's individual attention to things,


so a central location The search continues


for a place on the high street Working with you, just


think Peshmerga Justin! made you smile today,


because it's International Day of Happiness and one woman has been


on a mission to help spread Sally Crabtree enlisted the help


of school children to launch a postal service delivering


parcels of happiness. Johnny Rutherford joined


them as they stopped off to at a residential


home in Plymouth. Here is your parcel of happiness.


Packages containing happy poems and gets too warm the heart. It is all


about young people delivering a little cheer to the elderly. One of


the kids, I said to him, what is happiness? He said, happiness is a


rocket ship that won't stop flying. I am aiming to inspire them to have


the confidence to find their voice and understand that literacy can be


fun and once you get that going, you can create things that have a


genuine joy within them and then it is that thing of giving that to


somebody else. If you give to people, it makes you happy. Parkwood


residential home accepted the deliveries with open arms. Some gets


contained poems. The universe is one big door of love, here is your key


to open it. It makes I Pella our day to have them here singing. It was


lovely. That is what we need here. A bit of happiness. One of the ladies


got given a gold watch and instead of the time it said, now. That thing


about happiness is about living in the moment. With children they live


in the moment. What do you think of today? Smashing! Remember today is


International Day of Happiness so that means smiles.


We had loads of happy callers on the radio today as well saying that


things that made them happy work" that cheese sconce, the open road


and one person said talking to me made them happy. Let's see if the


weather will make us happy. The weather is not great but I will do


it with a smile. We have had a bit of a mixed bag today. Drive but


cloudy weather to begin with, and then we had a weather front moving


in so we had a spell of rain. That has cleared. Behind it is much


colder air. This week it will be cold particularly over the next few


days. Rather breezy all week and towards the end it should settle


down with more dry weather. You can see the extent of the cloud. Behind


this front we have a lot of clear skies. Initially tonight we will see


the clear skies and then shower was behind. It has been a breezy day and


we can expect a fairly breezy few days. Tomorrow we will see a mixture


of sunshine and heavy downpours. Some with the risk of hail and heavy


thunder. Much lighter winds on Wednesday. Thursday a mixture of


sunshine and showers. After Thursday it should settle down as we head


towards the weekend. We have a bit of cloud still left but tonight, a


lot of the cloud will lift and break. Initially clear skies, a few


showers. It is going to be breezy and that will stop us getting a


frost because it is very cold air that is starting to push across us.


Temperatures close to freezing even with that breeze. Down to one or 2


degrees. The potential of a frost roaringly tomorrow. Shower was


speeding in as he go through the day. Heavy with the risk of hail and


thunder, merging into longer spells of rain. With the strength of those


winds it will feel colder than today, highs of around ten or 11


degrees. For the Isles of Scilly we will see Sunny spells but then


showers will work their way in and they will be heavy with the risk of


hail and thunder. Winds will pick up as we go through the day. Here are


your times of high water. In terms of our surfing, fairly big waves


along the north coast. Slightly lesser waves along the south coast.


Our winds will start off south-westerly, gradually become


more westerly through the day. Many fair with some showers. Some fog


developing and the visibility moderate or good. A bit of a mixed


bag this week. Much colder air starting to push in. Tonight will be


a chilly night, that breeze keeping us mostly frost free. Tomorrow more


sunshine than today. In the afternoon clouds will clump


together, heavy with the risk of hail and Sunday. Wednesday will be


fairly cloudy, a spell of rain, drier in the afternoon. Jabba Riaz


we had towards the tail end of the week we will seek temperatures


climbing. A ridge of high pressure climbing. Friday into the weekend we


should see a lot more dry weather with spells of sunshine. Sarah on


Facebook says, see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.


Lovely! From all of us here, good night.


The 24-year-old man has been charged with murder.


You made sure an innocent man is charged!


What gives you the right to say that he's innocent?


If police wrongdoing is part of this, I want to know.


Huntley's definitely hiding something.


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