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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands on Wednesday April 5th.
The murder investigation continues. Jersey police are still questioning
a 58 your old man about the death of a woman in St Helier.
20,000 bulbs being planted, but at a time of cuts,
what is the real worth of the floral displays in Guernsey?
We work very closely to find ways that we can reduce the costs without
impacting on the overall effect. Later in the programme. A piece of
Channel Islands history touches down for the last time. We are at
Lee-on-Solent. Not a lot of rain in the forecast. It is a continuing dry
story with some sunshine to enjoy and getting warmer. Good evening.
Jersey police have today continued to question a 58-year-old man
in connection with the death of a woman in Jersey.
Officers launched a murder investigation after the discovery
of a body in a St Helier property yesterday, as Julie
The body of the middle-aged woman was found in a property in
By mid-afternoon the police had arrested on suspicion of murder
a 58-year-old man, who they say knew the dead woman.
Today they continued to question him at the police headquarters,
and the property she was found in is still sealed off while it's
A Home Office pathologist has now arrived in the island and has
started a post mortem exam to find how the unnamed woman died.
Officers had expected to be able to release her identity today,
but a police spokeswoman said due to the duration of the post
mortem exam, a formal identification isn't yet possible,
although specialist police officers are supporting the woman's family.
Anyone who heard or saw anything out of the ordinary in Victoria Street
between Monday evening and yesterday morning are being urged
The cause of death of a man, whose body was found by children
in Guernsey woodland six months after he went missing,
remains unresolved, an inquest has concluded.
59-year-old Steven Corbet was last seen getting off a bus in June.
His body was found on Christmas Eve near the pine forest.
Today at an inquest the coroner recorded an open verdict,
noting the cause of death as "unascertained".
Building work will need to be started within three years
of receiving planning permission in Jersey.
Jersey's Environment Minister is reducing the limit
from five years in a bid to speed up development.
Deputy Steve Luce hopes it will stop land banking -
a practise where developers sit on land, hoping the value will go
up, and give the department a better idea of how many developments
We want to be a bit more certain about what is coming down the line
and if we grant approval for 500 dwellings and they don't appear it
makes the statistics very difficult. I am hoping by reducing five years
down to three years it will give us more certainty about the numbers of
development and the numbers of dwellings which are going to be
built in the short-term. Two teachers from Jersey
who were badly injured in an alleged hit-and-run in the French Alps
are still recovering De La Salle College says both
were initially treated in hospital in France but have now been moved
to hospital in the UK. The school's assistant head teacher
said the pair are making "good progress" and are expected back
for the start of the As Spring is in the air,
people are spending more And many in Guernsey choose to enjoy
green, public spaces. But as Mike Wilkins reports,
with budgets being slashed for States-owned parks and gardens,
the challenge is on to maintain the island's
strong floral reputation. Candie Gardens is considered the
jewel in Guernsey's gardening crown. Over 20,000 bulbs and plants
are sewn here each year. This man's been helping look
after Guernsey's parks He says they're places that
are good for the soul. If you have had a pressured day, you
know, sometimes coming to sit in here and have your salad is in your
lunchtime, and forget a lot of that do that, there are plenty of places
to sit and enjoy. As well as the benches, the book can sit on the
grass. The cost of caring
for all of Guernsey's Going to's public parks have a long
and strong tradition. I am and one of the oldest wing houses in
Britain. Those responsible for the parks and gardens services are
having to work with a much smaller budget. It has reduced and it will
continue to reduce. We work closely to find ways that we can reduce the
costs without impacting on the overall effect. As the years go one,
that becomes more and more difficult. We are still trying very
hard. So, the challenge is on to keep
the flowers blooming, One of the Channel Islands
most iconic aircrafts The G-RLON joined Aurigny's fleet
more than 25 years ago and has completed more flights
than any other Trislander. Edward Sault reports
on its final journey. Almost 33,000 flying hours
and over 105,000 landings, but today this Aurigny trislander
made its last ever touchdown, To think that this ad plane is
retiring after moving so many thousands of people around, it does
get you a little bit. It has done 105,000 landings. Unbelievable.
Isn't it just? This try Lander has now arrived here in Hampshire for
its new home. It will go to the Solent sky museum near Southampton,
where it will be on display for all to see. It has almost become a part
of Southhampton life, if you like, and that was because of the
distinctive engine noise. As soon as you heard that, you knew it was
going over head. There is a big linkage here and a lot of synergy
and we are delighted to have it. Before arriving in Hampshire, the
aeroplane flew a goodbye fly over Alderney. It had elected with
Southampton Airport for years. For the pilot who was in charge
of today's last flight, I only found out yesterday that I
was doing this last flight. It was a great experience.
Oscar November should be on display at the Southampton Solent Sky Museum
A new future as the sun sets on a piece of Channel
You are watching the BBC in the Channel Islands. Later on Spotlight:
Make the dog that has been honoured for his work with children.
Did you know that Guernsey can now boast another radio station?
LMDC Waves, run by students at La Mare High School,
is starting small, but it has big plans for the future,
including 24/7 broadcasting that anyone can tune in to.
Welcome back. I've got good soul in my feet Micro it is fun. If you get
a bit bored, you can come in here. If you have got a slot, you can do a
radio show and you can do it in your music lessons. It is a great
opportunity for years 7-11 to express a job that they might want
to do when they are older, which is amazing work experience. The
potential for using languages, for using debates, for using music and
drama. Most subjects at school, I can see this as a pathway towards
learning outside the classroom, and making their learning more engaging
and entertaining, and also said that parents can listen and hear what
they are up to. I am thinking what to say, it can be hard. That's when
you just have to think up something and it always works in the end. Some
stars in the making there. Sport now.
There's a big night for local football tonight, as Jersey
face the under 23 team from the Premier League
The visiting side includes several young international players,
and it's chance for the Jersey manager to learn more
about his squad before the Muratti and Island Games.
The friendly kicks off at 8pm at Springfield,
and there will be full coverage on BBC Radio Jersey from 7pm.
Well, it has been another glorious day today. Mike potatoes are doing
rather well in all this sunshine and I am hoping for some more.
Is this set to stay? I think so. The main problem will be just how much
cloud we are likely to see. For those that need rain there is not a
huge amount in the forecast over the next four days. They might be around
on Monday night, but until then it is fine and dry. More cloud later in
the night, but the Sun shambles do/ will soon work on that and we will
get some for the afternoon. This high pressure is getting closer to
us through tomorrow. Hardly any change in its position on Friday.
Subtle changes into the weekend as we draw warm air up from the south
from Spain and Portugal. Overnight tonight, more cloud will drift in
from the north, it won't reduce any rain. Eight or 9 degrees the minimum
temperature. Tomorrow, a good deal of fine weather and ran. It will
brighten up and buy we are into the later part of the morning and early
afternoon, pleasant sunshine and 12 degrees will be the maximum
temperature. There is not a huge wave, but at
least it is clean. The sea temperature is starting to creep up
a little bit, that sunshine is making a difference, up to 10
degrees. The wind is north-easterly. Generally fair with good visibility.
As we head towards the weekend, we start to see quite a big change. We
will seek higher temperatures. It could be rather cloudy again on
Friday at times, but those temperatures are rising. As soon as
the sun comes out at this time of year, it will list temperatures.
Even if temperatures of 13, if the sum comes out temperatures will peak
at around 16. Southerly winds draw up the warmth from Spain and
Portugal, where temperatures could be 2526 degrees at the weekend. Not
quite so one for us, but still some good warmth. Up to 20 degrees by
Sunday. David, thank you. That's it from us
in the Channel Islands. We will have the result from the football in our
10:30pm News tonight. That is the jersey under 23s against Leicester
City. If you have missed anything tonight you can watch the programme
on BBC iPlayer. I leave you now with the rest of Spotlight.
were 327 million visits to chip shops across the UK last year. So it
is not all bad news. I want fish and chips now, don't you?
Coming up: special recognition for a special dog.
Niven has been honoured for his work with children
And we'll explore the ancient musical links between
A mini power station, installed on Dartmoor in 1959,
that was the first to be operated by remote control.
The idea was to provide back-up electricity
Nearly 60 years after it was built, only a shell of the original
building remains, but that could now be demolished to make way
Kirk England reports from Princetown.
There's a hint of something unusual, but nothing that really gives away
this building's ground-breaking history.
Here at Princetown, the South Western
Electricity Board has installed Britain's first robot power station.
This three megawatt generating plant,
the first of its kind in the
world, is capable of supplying a town that a population of 10,000.
Decommissioned years ago, this is all that remains.
The world's first unmanned pocket Power is extraordinary. And these
buildings are markers of how we produce energy. And the story of
energy production is of course hugely important. The operation of a
switch will start or stop the generator as required. The row
control technology was cutting edge at the time. But, the building and
another old power station next door, neither of which were considered
interesting enough to be listed, faced demolition, if plans for this
whiskey distillery go-ahead. The company behind the proposal declined
to comment. Views on the scheme are mixed. I have seen the artist 's
impression plans, and it looks very good. There was some concern about
the spire looking to Scottish, but it is a whiskey distillery. I've
objected on the grounds that it is going to be so large, and also, the
historic building, the power station, is going to be knocked
down. It will increase jobs available, and will improve tourism.
You cannot tell from the outside, but this building has an intriguing
history. But it is not one that is said to be interesting or
significant enough to save it from potential demolition, if the
distillery goes ahead, so it looks like this once ground-breaking
pocket power station could be about to end up on the scrapheap. Lovely
old film. Now you may remember Niven,
a hearing dog from Devon who we featured last year
as he helped children learning The Cockerpoo from Exmouth
is thought to be the first ever listening dog in a deaf school
and has been hailed a "hidden hero". And he's just been
rewarded for his work. A medal for an unsung hero. Niven
leaving dog has just won a luxury break at the Devon hotel. What could
be better, three days of walking? It is thanks to a Dorset charity called
Room two Reward which gets hotels to donate on but rooms, then the
charity donates them to deserving cases. We hear about human
volunteers being recognised for their work in the community, but it
is not often that we hear about an animal being rewarded for their hard
work. Overwhelmed, actually. It has just been amazing that we should be
singled out for this. It is lovely. He goes above and beyond any normal
service dog. Service dogs are incredible and do a great job but
Niven volunteers in his own walking time at the Exeter death Academy. He
volunteers with his death percipient palling at the National Trust and at
a local hospital audiology department. So he really does go
above and beyond. At the death Academy, children are happier
reading to Niven than they are to a teacher. He's very patient. And he
loves their company. -- at the deaf academy. Niven is keen to check out
his room and his very own bed. His owner, Pauline, says that she would
be lost without him. He makes life worth living. We go out for walks.
He makes me laugh. The charity says that Niven is their first
four-legged recipient. So, it is time to run and to have fun. Good
old Niven. It's a link that spans 3,500 miles
and hundreds of years. Two thirds of people living
in Canada's most easterly province of Newfoundland are thought to have
ancestors from Devon When settlers left our shores
in the 1500s they took with them Now in a new collaboration, some
of the songs, and their stories, Devon musicians Marilyn Tucker
and Paul Wilson are here who arrived here from Canada last
night to tell us more. Tell us how this collaboration came
about. It started 34 years ago. It is not exactly new. I came over here
with some other musicians in 1983 as part of the anniversary celebrations
of Sir Humphrey Gilbert arriving in Newfoundland back in 1583. And he
claimed it for Britain as its first colony. Whilst here, I went to a
folk club one night and I heard these guys playing. Paul was singing
pretty much the same song that I have learned many years earlier from
one of my great uncle 's with slight variations. It was a Eureka moment
for me in many ways. I knew that some of our traditional music game
over with the early settlers and in many cases, some of the lyrics had
been changed to reflect the circumstances of the new lifestyles
in Newfoundland or other parts of the New World. But it also
reinforced the idea that this music was part of a longer continuum,
400-500 years that English settlers had been in Newfoundland. We spoke
that night and one thing led to another. This must be maybe a dozen
also projects that we have done over that 30 year period, some of them
here in the West Country, and many of them in Newfoundland as well. We
have spoken before about the meaning of songs and where lyrics come from.
Those sales annually from the shores of the South West to Newfoundland.
They went in April and came back and hold on. That is reflected in the
songs. Yes, lots of stuff about the sea, and coming and going. It was a
while before people spent winter in Newfoundland. They would go
seasonally, and come back. So the boys was the thing. People would
have friends and family and make connections at either end, lots of
stuff about the sea. What is happening now? How are you combining
the songs and their history and the link between Canada and the South
West in this mutual? The centrepiece of this is the Devonshire symposium
and the Devon Newfoundland story happening at the weekend. We are
touring with the songs and stories. We have done a mash up, sometimes,
pushing the songs together, so that Jim sings one verse, Paul sings
another post, then I sing the song and for the instrumental break, we
use the tune from the version collected in Newfoundland. Sometimes
we just sing the song and then Jim says, this reminds me of this, and
one or two verses that have the same imagery. We are going to hear a song
and a moment. What is the song? Originally the English version of an
old song called Spanish ladies. I collected a version in Sidmouth.
That was from a lady who was part of the family, the fisherman 's family
there, the bullies. It is better known by the first line of the
chorus, which is that we will write and draw like true Newfoundlanders.
It is an unofficial anthem and everybody knows it. Good luck with
the tour. Someone else likes to rant and raw at times is David. He is
bringing the weather now! Isn't that fantastic? Looking out
across Plymouth Sound. Visibility is good at the moment. We've had
sunshine over most of the South West today. It was so nice we sent our
cameraman, Tristan, to Newquay, to enjoy some lovely weather. It has
been a beautiful day. The breeze from the North has kept temperatures
down but generally it has been pretty good. And the fine, dry
weather has brought some people out. The sea temperatures at the moment,
round about 10 degrees. You have to be pretty hardy to be in the water
without a wet suit at the moment. But the sunshine or perhaps bring
out slightly higher sea surface temperatures. Over the next couple
of days, this is the forecast tomorrow. Some more cloud drifting
in towards us tonight, and that will be around posting tomorrow. It will
break up, but don't expect much blue sky to start the day. Spells of
sunshine developing later in the day. We have a big area of high
pressure bringing settled weather. By the middle of tomorrow it is
hardly new position. By Friday it starts to move a little to the east.
Into the weekend, the high-pressure weakens and moves out of the way.
What will happen is that we start to suck up some warmth from the south.
Temperatures across Spain and Portugal at the moment are pretty
good. By Sunday, we have a pool of warm air travelling towards us.
We're looking at high temperatures, possibly up to 19 Celsius. That
could be on Sunday afternoon. Not quite as warm as that at the moment.
It is bracing with a gentle breeze. You can see the cloud coming in from
the north. That will gently drift across us tonight. It will cloud
over. Not quite as cold as it was last night. The cloud breaking in a
few places. Around five Celsius will be the minimum temperature overnight
tonight. Tomorrow, more cloud to start with but it will brighten up.
Don't be too disappointed by the look of the day posting. The cloud
will gradually break to allow the sunshine in. Then, temperatures will
get up to around 12, 13 degrees. It could be doing with being a little
bit warmer. For the Isles of Scilly, cloud should break to allow the
sunshine through. There are the times of high water... And for our
surfers, the waves are not as big as they have been but they are usable
and clean on the north coast. And the coastal waters forecast... Let's
look at the outlook. We will see higher temperatures but we will have
to be patient before that happens. Relatively cool until we reach
Saturday and Sunday, then some warmth and sunshine, and we could
see those temperatures reaching 18 degrees. Warmer than it is now
appear on the roof. Back to you did. It looks breezy but sunny up there.
-- back to you two. The concert we were talking about is called Shore
to shore revisited. We will leave you tonight with a song called
Spanish ladies. Farewell and that you do you Spanish ladies, Farewell
and adieu to you ladies of Spain. For we have received orders to self
old England, and we hope in a long time we will see you again. We'll
rant and we will roar all over the wild ocean, we will rank and we will
roar over the wild sea. Until we strike down in the channel of old
England,... We will rank and we will roar like true Newfoundlanders.
We will write and we will roar like true Newfoundlanders.
CHILD: This is a major scientific breakthrough.
Hello. It's All Round to Mrs Brown's, where my guests will be
Steve Backshall, and music from the beautiful Pixie Lott.