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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.


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