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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands on Thursday April 6th.


Police name the woman found dead in St Helier and reveal


Four years on, and the Groves family speak


of their hope as they continue their battle for justice in memory


Best we can ever hope for is to be categoric 100% not reasonable doubt,


junk food -- to find out who did it and if we are lucky wife. -- Y.


And potentially life saving: women in Jersey will soon


be automatically invited for cancer screening.


And it may seem a bit early to talk about the strength of the sun but


it's got some strength now. This is where it is at the moment, peaking


in June. More detailed, at in the programme.


Good evening, I'm Alison Moss A woman who was


earlier this week has been named as 51-year-old Ana Maria


Jersey Police say she'd been strangled.


They want to speak to anyone who spoke to her after last Friday.


This is the photo of Ana Rebelo chosen by her family to be


The 51-year-old's body was found at this home on Victoria Street


A member of the public called 999, but she was already dead


Now, a postmortem exam has found that she died as a result


of compression to the neck by a third party, that is,


A 58-year-old man arrested on Tuesday on suspicion


of her murder has been released on bail, while officers


The police aren't giving any interviews today,


but told me earlier they aren't actively searching for anyone else


They're reiterating there's no danger to public safety.


They're still speaking to key witnesses, and they're appealing


again for anyone with information that may be relevant -


no matter how small - to get in touch.


In the meantime, forensic work is carrying on at Victoria Street


today, and specially trained officers


will be continuing to support Mrs Rebelo's family.


Four years ago a Guernsey family received an horrific phone call


saying their daughter had been murdered.


24 year old Sarah Groves was stabbed on a houseboat in India.


A Dutch national, Richard De Witt, was charged with her murder


His trial began in 2013 but has been plagued by delays.


On the fourth anniversary of her death, Sarah's father says


he's more confident that progress will be made this year.


It may've been four years since Sarah was murdered,


but for her parents, memories of her are


Her photo taking pride of place in their home.


When told about Sarah's death, her mother Kate says she hoped


I immediately phoned the police and asked them to verify that it was


true, I was hoping beyond hope that it was a hoax and very sadly they


came back to tell us that you know it was true.


The family has found comfort in launching


It aims to enhance the lives of young people and has put on many


big events in Guernsey and beyond, such as this bike ride to Spain.


But while they're happy with Sarah's Foundation


they're appalled by the quest for justice in Kashmir.


This man's accused of her murder but the trial is taking years


Persistent delays, including witnesses not appearing in court,


the defendant dismissing a number of his lawyers and civil


unrest in the region, are all issues the family are having


But her father says they're hopeful the new public prosecutor will be


I just keep harking back to the futility of the whole thing, how it


can ever come about that this kind of situation happened, how any one


human being can do this to any other human being, and I suppose best we


can ever hope for is to be categoric, not a reasonable doubt


who did it, and then if we are really lucky to find out why.


A prolific paedophile has been sentenced to eight and a half years


42-year-old Karn Damien Laffoley from Jersey,


pleaded guilty to numerous indecent image offences -


as well as breaching sex offender restrictions previously


Police describe him as a predator, whose behaviour was "nothing


Back in court for another sex offence.


Karn Laffoley has been in and out of jail in the UK and Jersey over


the past eight years for making and distributing indecent


His latest offence involves 434 images.


19 of the level four category, which is the second most severe.


They feature various unknown children -


and also a nine year old girl referred to as Miss A -


On the first of January 2015 - Laffoley contacted Miss A's mother -


known as Ms X via the Plenty of Fish dating site.


Her profile picture featured her with her nine-year-old daughter.


This is while he was completing a Sex Offender Treatment Programme


By March, Ms X, who lives in the UK,


was sending indecent images and movies of her daughter


He also visited them, breaching his restrictions.


Those pictures among many others have been


uncovered on the 'dark web', where they'll remain indefinitely.


Today the Royal Court sentenced Laffoley to


And banned him for 15 years from contacting or being


in the presence of young people as well as using


Jersey's Bailiff William Bailhache said in court that the


'sentencing was given with a view that you have played along


with those that have tried to help you.


We treat that as a serious aggravating factor.'


William Bailhache went on to say the '15 year


"It's for the protection of society...


Laffoley will receive more treatment for his addiction


Women in Jersey will soon be automatically invited for cervical


screening when they turn 25 - rather than waiting for them


Cervical cancer's the most common cancer among younger women,


and if caught early enough it's also one of the most treatable.


The health department wants to make sure every woman


Charlie McArdle's been to meet one woman in Jersey whose family has


Jade De Abreu's step mother, Lisa, has been diagnosed


with stage four terminal cancer at the age of 35.


Lisa, who lives in the UK, failed to have a smear test for nine


years believing she was too young to get Cervical Cancer,


We were totally shocked because of her age and then a little bit angry


because you think nine years, why would you not have a smear for nine


years. And to think, you know, if a smear had been done earlier it could


have been a completely different outcome, so that's one of the worst


parts of it because it could have been preventable.


Although numbers are small, Cervical cancer is the most common


And if caught early enough it's very treatable -


with nine out of ten women surviving.


In Jersey, woman are offered screening every three years


from the age of 25, but unlike the UK are not


automatically invited for their first test.


That could change though, as there are plans to write


to all women inviting them to be screened as soon as


Until that happens, you're being urged to make


What we're trying to develop is a system where from our names and


addresses register the cancer of the call system and we hope to have that


in place by the end of this year. Until that happens,


you're being urged to make that first appointment,


and keep up with the regular checks Jake you have spoken to Lisa on a


regular basis. Does she have a message? You'll agree yes, go and


get your spare tests! This just goes to show it could have been prevented


and if this prevents anybody else's family from going through what we


are going to go through then go and do it because it's not worth it,


it's... It's really not. Jersey's Chief Ministers could be


prevented from serving more than two terms of office under plans


from an island politician. The politician behind the proposal


believes Jersey should follow the example of the United States


and other jurisdictions to make sure the island's senior politician


doesn't become exhausted from doing This is not personal, nothing to do


with Senator Gorst but a general principle that I think the job is


really pretty high-powered and so on, and it isn't fair to keep people


on so that they just get burned out. BBC Radio Jersey will be discussing


the senator's suggestion - including a response


from the Chief Minister - in more detail tomorrow


morning from seven. The sun is glorious - but those rays


are getting stronger - I insisted on suncream


before my beach walk this morning - David Braine has our forecast


tonight - David it's time to start thinking about that sunshine


index isn't it? We are starting to think about that,


Alison, right. Wall-to-wall sunshine means if you are staying out all day


it will have an effect. The index is around four or five over the next


few days. Where we are at the moment is sort of halfway up the mountain,


the strength of sun throughout the years peaking in June. But around


half way up the mountain, April 21, we are getting there, enjoying this


fine weather be careful. Another fine Friday tomorrow, plenty of


sunshine to look forward to and generally light winds. That is the


reason. High pressure, but moving, slipping away gradually to the east


probably by the end of the weekend, but still under the influence on


Saturday and Sunday, with some war air providing two. -- warm ever


binding to. This doesn't get to us until Monday, but once it arrives it


draws in air from the north-west so we may end up with some lower


temperatures as we start the week next week. From the satellite


picture you can see there is hardly a cloud in the sky, lovely weather


today for France two. A clear night and I'd do a little dip desecrate a


little wind will stop tomorrow a nice day, plenty of sunshine, a


gentle breeze and slightly warmer air coming in from the south-east,


went subtly changing direction through the day tomorrow towards 15


or 16 degrees the maximum, and there are times of high water. For


surfers, the waves are small, clean, and more than one or two feet.


Generally fair weather tomorrow, with good visibility. He was the


once over the weekend, just in time, 18 degrees, 19 on Sunday, and pollen


hi and UV four and five. David, thank you. Main stories


night, police have named the woman strangled in Jersey. Her name was


Ana Rebelo. Good night. altogether because of changes


in land management and But the Devon Willow Tit Project


is trying to do something to help We sent our environment


Correspondent Adrian Campbell These are willow tits


and they're very rare. So rare, in fact, they're


on what is called the red list of species which indicates


they are globally threatened. There's been a decline


in their numbers across the country, and in Devon a steep


decline since the 1980s. Devon Biodiversity


Records Centre has mapped areas where


they've been cited. Back in the 1980s there was evidence


of these tiny bird started But it was a very different


story last year, when a This is one way to try and track


the elusive willow tit. Emily Stallworthy,


from the Devon wildlife trust, has been working


with Devon Birds to try using a speaker which


mimics their call. We left our camera running for half


an hour on the feeder. There was plenty of


activity, including this nuthatch, but no willow


tits were cited at all. Toni and Kevin Littleford live


near the Meath Nature Reserve. They think they've seen


willowtits in their garden. They think human


activity and changes to the landscape are harming


the birds's natural habitat. It's an awful shame if we lose these


beautiful creatures, really. We've had studies


coming out in the last few years that show that 50%


of our wildlife is disappearing. And willow tits is once PCs


protected by European legislation - it's protected


by the Birds Directive. So without that sort


of legislation in place we need to think about how we are protecting


our birds and our other wildlife On this nature reserve,


managed by the Devon Wildlife Trust, the willow tit


manages to hang on, and that is because the habitat


here really is ideal - there's plenty of grassland and wet


woodland to help the birds. But things across the rest of the


south-west are not so favourable. Adrian Campbell, BBC


Spotlight, Meath. Later in the programme -


stand-by for blast off. One of the slowest vehicles


on the road has been given And could you be the person


they're looking for - the search for a Cornishman


with links to the Carribbean. Two sisters who've campaigned


to raise awareness of the need for mental health support


for teenagers in Cornwall are to be Their brother Ben Cowburn


took his own life when he was just At the time there were no


specialist units in Following Ben's death,


his sisters Amber and Sophia were determined to change that


as Jane Chandler now reports. They've achieved a lot in seven


years, including running a charity The Cowburn sisters -


this is Ben's twin, Sophia - have came pained relentlessly ever


since he died to get specialist support for young adults with mental


health problems in Cornwall. We'd never been spoken


to about mental health. Certainly didn't have


an understanding of some of the terminology that was being thrown


at us regarding Ben. And actually we felt


that the education around mental health really needed to be


changed and challenged. The Invictus Trust was set


up by their parents and now the family's first big


objective has been achieved. Last week the Government


agreed to fund a specialist mental health


unit for children specialist mental health unit


for children and adolescents up The charity's also


raised over ?100,000 for So many people now want


to talk about mental health, want to run


their own events. And that's great, we've got so many


young people involved now. And to be recognised


nationally is incredible. And Ben was the most


incredible character. I think there's such


a stereotype of people who get depressed and that's one of


the reasons we go into the schools, me and my sisters, to talk


and to really try and get across to them, our brother


was a party animal, the life and soul of the


party, he was a fashion student, he was very popular,


he was just the greatest person. The sisters' work in


the community will receive national recognition


when they are given the prestigious Rotary Young Citizens Award this


weekend. He would be so excited


for us, and just proud of what we've managed to achieve -


because he was someone that stood up for what was right and


that's what we've done. It is the tenth anniversary and the


BBC News Channel will cover those awards live on Saturday.


Now one man from Plymouth is no stranger to slightly


We have featured his exploits on the programme before but he is taking


things to a new level. You haven't seen anything yet. Is it a bird? Is


it a plane? No. Some of you will remember back in


2013 the man broke the record for the fastest shopping trolley. Now he


is attempting another. It can reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph.


Its driver, by day he runs a karting Centre, in his spare time he is


adrenaline junkie. His vehicle of choice was not originally bitten to


the speed but with an ex-RAF jet powered engine in it, this is no


normal hearse. Matt says it is errors in and steady but can the


aptly named Dead Quick become the fastest hearse in the world? It's a


prototype and so far we've put 300 hours into it. We are probably


halfway through. We have to do lots of suspension and brakes changes.


Errored and Amex have not been done yet. There is a lot to do still. And


now it is all systems go. Surely though you have to be slightly mad


to want to do it. This is my art form. This is what I enjoy doing,


taking engineering and art and mixing them to create something


ridiculous. I think if it is what you are destined to do, you have to


do it, mad or not. I'm sorry, but I will carry on. I don't know what is


coming next, whatever comes into my head. We will have to wait until the


summer to see if it makes the world record.


Now what do you think the Caribbean and Cornwall have in common?


Well, a representative from the Caribbean is in Cornwall


looking for descendants of the first inhabitant of their island.


It was a Cornishman who set foot on the Cayman Islands 363 years ago


and now the Islands representative in the UK is seeking direct


descendants of the man who was called Bodden or Bawden.


The islanders are hoping to promote business and cultural


Spotlights Cornwall reporter David George wishes we'd sent him


sent him to the Carribean, but instead we sent


The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory, south of Cuba


There are around 60,000 inhabitants and the


first one in 1654 was apparently a Cornishman named Issac Bodden,


whose grandfather had gone to the Caribbean as part


What we're here to do essentially is to start the dialogue


and start the research to see if we can actually


find the individual who


left Cornwall, who went to the Caribbean,


and finally settled in


We took the Cayman Islands' top man in the UK to


People are here on Easter break and stop they


are enjoying the natural beauty of the Sun, the sand and the sea.


Very much like Cayman, Cornwall has a lot


of natural beauty, similar to Cayman.


Time for some proper protocol - a gift of food for the


visiting dignitary it looks very much like a big version of what we


It looks very much like a big version of what we


call in Cayman a patty, with your pastry and some sort of meat or


This is either a breakfast or a lunch favourite for us back home.


Some of these go back to the 1530s where they were first ordered to be


This is Cornwall's County records archive.


Somewhere in here could be the details of Cayman's


Some of the parish registers for some of the Cornish


parishes do not survive much before 1700.


But if it has survived we will find it, I promise that.


The hope is to set up a joint research project.


Apparently some Cayman dialect words have links to Cornish ones like


We do have a saying in Cayman called "coming a reckly",


The one-man Cayman delegation will visit the Cornish


Pirates rugby team and a brewery, "dreckly".


David George, BBC Spotlight, Perranporth.


Well, Roy Bodden is the President of the University of


And I asked him how obvious the connections with Cornwall


are on the Cayman Islands themselves.


That's a good question because I don't think there has been


any kind of examination of the connection with Cornwall.


I know that many Caymanians trace their ancestor


back to different places in the UK, but I don't think any of them,


certainly that I can recall, previously delved to any great


extent into their ancestral connections.


What you hope will come out of this search


Cornwall to find members of the family that were the founding


family, if you like, of the Cayman Islands?


I sense, when I go to the archives, I see Caymanians


trying to trace their genealogical roots.


They want to find out who we really are.


As I understand it, the first Bodden was an old man called


Isaac Bodden who settled in a place in East End named


So, now, how do you get people of my colour being born?


Well, the simple explanation for that is that


when these people came they came with their slaves,


and the nature of slavery in the Cayman Islands -


the nature of slavery probably in the Caribbean -


was in many instances the slaves took the names of their masters.


So that's how come you have Boddens who were white, Boddens


who were black and all shades of the spectrum.


I'm hoping one day I can come and visit you and explore the link


between Cornwall and the Cayman Islands even more.


In the meantime, it's been a real pleasure to talk to you.


It is so interesting. And if you are hardly dating with us in the


south-west at the moment, who leads the Caribbean? It has been glorious


today. Same temperatures. There is quite a big difference.


27 degrees in the Cayman Islands to today. For us, not quite so much. We


have struggled with temperatures, 11 or 12, our best today was 15. It is


fine and dry we have had glorious sunshine. This is Dorset. Further


along the other side of the Somerset coast, glorious sunshine. Not


everyone has been warm, though. It will be quite cold overnight and


night. Fine and dry tomorrow with some sunshine and generally


winds. Unfortunately the sun has winds. Unfortunately the sun has


brought out a lot of the pollen, so tree pollen is affecting some of our


hay fever sufferers. It will be high right across southern Britain to


borrow. The cloud will stay away and with the high pressure in charge we


should get plenty of sunshine. The sun is quite strong but the UV index


is very top. High pressure directly over the UK. It will move to the


east. Allowing warm as come from the south. Eventually this cold frontal


approach from the West and that will get to us at some point on Monday.


That was the satellite picture from earlier today and we have just had a


little Fairweather Cloutier and there. Not just along the coastline


is the sunshine, also inland. Plenty of water coming down our rivers


despite the dry weather. And also of course in the sunshine it has been


very pleasant everywhere across the very pleasant everywhere across the


south-west of England. The winds will change direction as we head


towards the weekend. We will see higher temperatures. But with clear


skies and light winds overnight, the nights are long enough to allow the


temperatures to dip down to six goal figures. Can't even rule out a touch


of frost. Tomorrow another lovely of frost. Tomorrow another lovely


day. Plenty of sunshine, the UV index at four or five. Temperatures


possibly as high as 15 or 16 degrees. For the Isles of Scilly,


decent sun. Here are the times of decent sun. Here are the times of


high water. And the waves. Have a good evening.


We are enjoying the lovely weather, but we thought we would leave you


tonight with a tantalising glimpse of the Caribbean. Good night.


Stacey and Chris are preparing for marriage by spending


a few days living alone with their in-laws to be,


and asking them all kinds of questions.


Did you get a kiss on the first date? No.


What does their in-laws' marriage tell them about each other's


I expect you'll want to become a schoolmaster, sir.


That's what most of the gentlemen does that get sent down


for indecent behaviour. Evelyn Waugh's classic novel.


Have you ever been in love, Mr Pennyfeather? No, not yet.


The fire escape is very dangerous and never to be used.


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