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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands on Thursday April 20th.


Reoffending - almost all the new inmates in Jersey's


I would be Mori give the courts were not making use of the services we


have on offer and sending first offenders to prison.


The digital drive to boost Guernsey's economy.


And a dry April has taken Guernsey and Jersey into a drought -


I do not think we will see a great deal of rain over the next few days


either, fine and dry tomorrow with some sunshine, perhaps a hint of


rain early next week. Almost all of the new inmates


sentenced to Jersey's prison last That's the findings


of the annual report released While it shows overall figures


of prisoners were slightly down last year compared to 2015 -


over half of them were The number of criminals


being locked up dropped in 2016 but those that


were are not new to crime. According to the Prison Report,


of the 260 new inmates sent to prison last year -


97% had previous convictions and 60% had already


served time behind bars. Although this level


of re-offending sounds alarming - the Probation Service


say it's expected. Because it's unusual for people


to be sent to prison Instead they are usually given fines


and community service. Sentences in the community are more


likely to be successful than sentences in custody


because someone can maintain their employment,


maintain their family ties, The courts are typically sentencing


people to custody when they have no other options available either


because of the seriousness of the offence or because that


person has exhausted the courts' patience with the alternatives


and hasn't responded to them. The Prison Report has been


released in the same week as the new independent


Prison Monitoring Board Although the board say they can't


comment on the re-offending rates, they will monitor the welfare


of prisoners which can That can potentially


have a huge impact in relation to how people can adapt,


modify behaviour if that's actually what is required,


and I think it's good to see a lot of the training programmes that


are already in place and that will be one of the areas


that we will be keen to look at. And it's through constructive


regimes and programmes the prison hope to achieve its primary aim


to reduce re-offending in future. Emma Chambers, BBC Channel Islands


News, Jersey. There's been a huge increase


in the amount of time police in Jersey spend dealing with mental


health related issues and checking Latest figures show a 178%


increase over the past five years in mental health issues that


required police attention and action - and welfare checks were up


by a third since 2012 too. It comes on the day a UK watchdog


is warning that public safety is being put at risk there,


because police in England and Wales are being used to handle


mental health issues. Jersey police have named the driver


of the car that crashed on the Five Mile Road late on Sunday.


Fraser Armstrong remains in a critical but stable


He was one of four sixth-formers from De La Salle College in the car.


Their headteacher says the school's thoughts and prayers are with them.


The three passengers are recovering in Jersey.


It's being called the future of Guernsey - a plan to attract more


digital businesses to the island along with the benefits


which go with it - including up to 5,000 workers


and an additional ?14 million in income tax.


But it comes at a cost - so will it get the funding it needs?


It promises to drive economic growth by investing in the digital sector.


The new strategy also promotes Guernsey as a choice


location for business, with big benefits to the island.


Here at the Digital Greenhouse, a place that encourages


technology business, the report has been welcomed


The challenges ahead are many, the big one is going to be funding. The


new digital strategy strategic framework is a fantastic document, a


real wish list of how we would love Guernsey to be but the question is


how is it going to be funded, how much will it be funded? But I think


it is really important for people to look at it seriously unsafe, this is


worth investing our time and money and because it's the future of


Guernsey. By 2026 it is hoped


the number of people working But the deputy behind the plan


is worried the States might not give We're looking at budget


prioritisation that is extremely difficult to be able to properly


fund these very sensible, pragmatic and doable strategies. But then


you're told you've got to achieve 2% cut this year, and then 5% and then


9%, and then how can you do that? in a digital industry in Guernsey,


but it's argued it'll be up to the States to invest both


time and money to fully Chris Harrison, BBC Channel Islands


News, Guernsey. A 30-year-old man from


Jersey has been found not Kevin Irving had been


accused of getting into bed with a woman in St


Helier last July and trying to have sex with her while she mistook


him for someone else. Julie Flanagan was at the Royal


Court where he was acquitted. The jury of six men and six women


took less than two hours to decide This trial was expected to last four


days but this morning the court decided Mr Irving should face one


lesser charge of attempted rape rather than the original charges


of indecent assault and rape. The jury was told the woman had met


a man on an internet dating site. While out with friends,


she and the man were texting When they did, Kevin


Irving was with them. He went back to the same house


as them to call a taxi but in the hours that followed,


the woman claimed Irving got into She claimed she only realised it


wasn't the man she thought it was when there was shouting


and someone turned The court heard that afterwards


she was scared and confused and her lawyer said very clearly


she would never have consented His defence advocate


Ian Jones told the jury: with the woman there was no evidence


that Mr Irving was anxious or upset. I would suggest these


are the actions of someone And today the jury agreed, clearing


Mr Irving of any wrongdoing. When the verdict was read out Mr


Irving briefed audio plea and he left the court without making any


comment. Julie Flannigan, BBC Channel Islands News, Jersey.


Guernsey police held an open evening to attract


Islanders had the chance to ask questions about what it's like


to be in the police, and were shown some demonstrations.


Some had their finger and shoe prints taken and others were shown


The police say such events are important to attract


It's very important. We have to keep recruiting local officers to come


and join our force. In the past we have struggled sometimes to recruit


the right amount of officers and most importantly quality officers.


We cannot let our standards drop so tonight is about encouraging those


in community thinking about doing this job, come and talk to us and we


will explain what it's about and come and see what the job in the


police could be like. Cutting maintenance costs, by


reducing the need to cut the lawn. That's the idea behind a project


to plant large areas of wild Although it may look a little bare


now that won't be the case for long. The States say it'll be good


for bees, butterflies and budgets. On this particular site we have got


about 11,000 square metres of grassland. We have taken 2500 for


the wild flower areas. So that the reduction in cutting is obviously


25%, and so that is as saving on not only man-hours and fuel but also on


the exhaust fumes. After two weeks without meaningful


rain, Guernsey and Jersey Despite a dry April so far,


reservoirs are nearly full - and tests on the desalination plant


are due to top them Nevertheless, Guernsey


and Jersey Water are both urging It is just that season, the nice


weather has started so the garden takes off and so everyone is out and


about doing the things they love to do which makes Jersey a great place


to live. We are reminding them to take the opportunity to remind our


customers not to waste water. Officially drought -


the sunshine is stunning but I discovered not


quite shorts weather. It still feels a bit chilly, doesn't


it? Yes, it may feel a bit warmer


tomorrow and into the weekend but it will not last, next week it turns


colder. Just a refresher on what it means when we talk about the


drought, a meteorological drought means 15 or more days without any


appreciable rain. The average rainfall should be around 56


millimetres for the month of April and we have not had anywhere near


that. It looks like it will stay dry through and including the weekend


ahead. So, more scenes like this, lovely picture sent in by Andy on


Guernsey, more fine weather to enjoy tomorrow, fine and dry, some


sunshine and generally no wind so it will feel warmer, warmer than today


at 13 or 14 degrees. The rain bearing clouds is a long way away,


out in the Atlantic developing into low-pressure, it is a long way away


and we have high pressure in charge through and including the weekend.


One Weatherford trapped within it, Saint-Cloud on Saturday, gone on


Saturday. The cold front drifts down from the north into Monday and


Tuesday next week. -- weather front trapped within it. Some weather on


that weather front. More sharp showers on Tuesday. Until then it is


fine and dry, lovely evening and overnight tonight, temperatures back


into single figures, chilly at five or 6 degrees, and tomorrow is


another nice day, more cloud perhaps at times here and there but still


fine and dry and some sunshine in the afternoon. Temperatures back to


14 degrees. These are the times of high water, St Helier, 2:15am and


15:05pm. St Peter Port, 15:10pm. Light swell at the moment and the


coastal waters forecast as variable wind, generally fair with good


visibility. The forecast for Saturday is a fair amount of cloud,


slightly higher temperatures, still light winds, brighter on Sunday,


slightly cooler feeling a on Sunday and the temperatures start to go


down again by Monday next week. Monday late in the day there is a


possibility of a few light showers but the main activity in terms of


rainfall will be Tuesday with some often heavy showers. Thank you,


David. You're up to date with the latest


news for the Channel Islands - I'll be back with your headlines


at 8pm, have a good evening. Still to come in


tonight's programme: An education in construction -


the competition providing lessons And these were the conditions


on the River Dart today. How long will the dry


weather continue? To walk for the very first time


after being in a wheelchair for six years is a dream come true


in itself, but to complete a marathon - well, it's


almost unbelievable. But for Spencer Watts,


a Devon motocross rider who was paralysed in an accident six


years ago, that's the plan. He's hoping to complete next year's


London Marathon and, as he explained to Janine Jansen,


it's all thanks to a new Spencer Watts was paralysed


from the waist down in a motocross When I had my accident,


surgeons were telling me you will never ride again and I just


wanted to prove them all wrong. His solution was to tuck his legs


behind special bars It was nerve-racking at first,


but the most important thing with motocross is you have


to put your leg out Obviously, I'm not able to do that,


so that was a real big thing to take on and not knowing how I would be


able to react to that, and just rely on my upper body,


it really was hard. Recently, he was demonstrating these


robotic legs at a charity evening. Suddenly, the auctioneer started


getting people to bid for Spencer. I was lost for words,


I was all evening. Never for one minute did I think


that that sort of money would be Spencer says the first time


he walked was incredible. It was really strange and it felt


like I was going to fall over. It is like my whole body is floating


in the air because obviously It is a real strange


feeling but each time, You've got a watch, and you tell


the watch what you want to cause you simply tell the watch


if you want to stand To be up at that height again


and walking alongside my children, it's great to be able to walk


to the park with them. Really strange, just a climb down


stairs again is amazing. Nothing seems to stop


this young man. Since his accident, he's got married


and had two children and now that he can walk


at three miles per hour, Well, he wants to complete next


year's London Marathon. Good luck to Spencer


and in Spotlight tomorrow, we'll be hearing from some


of the south-west runners taking part in this year's London Marathon


taking place on Sunday. Some sports news and four


Exeter Chiefs players have been named in the England squad


which will tour Argentina this year. It's a first call up for 20-year-old


scrum half Jack Maunder Jack only made his Chiefs


debut this season. They're among 15 uncapped players


who've been selected. They join Henry Slade


and Luke Cowan Dickie and will head Some pictures proving very popular


on the spotlight Facebook page, baby giraffe has been born at Paignton


zoo. The new arrival came into the world yesterday morning and staff


don't know if it is a boy or a girl. The giraffe house is likely to be


closed for a few days but visitors may just be able to see the baby


this weekend. You can see why those pictures are


proving popular. We're often hearing about the need


to build more houses, but will there be enough


construction workers Well, efforts are underway to find


the next generation of builders and, today, some of the region's most


talented trainees went head to head in a bid to reach the national


finals of a competition. They were joined by hundreds


of school children who also got to have a go at some of the skills


needed in the building trade, Spotlight's John Danks reports from


South Devon College in Paignton. Year five pupils from Roseland's


primary school in Paignton get On hand to help are tradesmen


Chris and Julian from At that age, they might take


a liking to it and start pursuing it, so we think it is a very good


idea to get them going that young, And if they are very unlucky,


they might get to work When you are trying to scrape it in,


it gets stuck to the side of the wall and you have to get it in the


centre. You think might be interested in construction? Maybe.


But the real focus is the regional heat of the Skillbuild competition.


Around 100 construction trainees from colleges across the south-west


are competing for a place in the national finals.


Win or lose, if you can get it on the CV, it is fantastic and just


taking part is quite fun as well, so it's very good.


Looking at the joints, the craftsmanship, the way


they work, if they are working in a safe manner, so we cover


Six traits were being contested and for the trainees, the chance to


build the foundations for a successful career.


It's a massive kick start of their careers, so from here,


they can go on to the regional final and the national final,


which will be held later in the year in Birmingham.


If that goes well, there will be Euro skills and then World skills,


which will be in Russia and the winner of that comes back


to the UK and has a fabulous future ahead of them.


When it comes to plastering, it looks like these kids have it


covered. The south-west has provided


incredible backdrops to film over the years,


and there's about to be another. This latest production coming out


later this year could provide a big It's a psychological thriller called


Winter Ridge and it's being shot entirely on location around


Lynton and Lynmouth. Spotlight's North Devon reporter,


Andrea Ormsby, has been on set. Tense and emotional,


two of the main characters in a scene near the end


of the movie, but the location, can't help being the star


of the show. What an incredible location


Valley of the Rocks is. Just has that kind of cinematic look


that you get in North America, It doesn't really feel


like it is a really small town, it has that grander scale to it,


so as soon as we came I knew it was where it had


to culminate and end. They scoured all over the UK, Wales,


Norfolk, the Peak District, all rejected the minute they set


eyes on Lynton and Lynemouth. And it was the perfect


location for us to do a film like a psychological thriller


in this area, it is quite ominous, it is quite dark, gritty at night


and shiny in the day, so it has got nice


contrasting landscape. Adjust your radio mic and then


we will be able to shoot! The movie centres around Matt's


character Ryan Barnes, He is joined by Game of Thrones


star Hannah Waddingham. The thing that always strikes me


about Game of Thrones is the crew are so gung-ho and have such passion


for it and these guys do. From the writers on this,


to the directors, if you do a low-budget film and the script


is good enough, you all join and have the same passion,


so it is not ready that dissimilar, and have the same passion,


so it is not really that dissimilar, except we are just trying to do it


on a tighter budget. Keep rolling, guys,


keep quiet, everyone. Having the film set here


is a real coup the locals. Having the film set here


is a real coup for locals. The whole community is,


because everybody's been involved. Everybody I speak to are either


an extra or their property is being used in some way


or their garden, or their view. And it's just created quite a buzz


and a film like this, I mean, it really could mean the most


wonderful bookings coming in for our bed and breakfast hotels


and our restaurants. And not only are locals playing


extras, one is officially listed I seem to have found myself


as acting location manager. I don't know why, but I guess


that'll teach me to pick up I mean, he rang me and asked


if I could think of some locations that the film company had asked


for and I came up with some answers and the next thing I know,


I'm included in the crew. Work experience is also on offer


for local youngsters. I've been on set watch, which is


looking at the equipment outside. I've been helping with the actors


and seeing that they are OK in between the takes and I've been


helping with backgrounds Filming has just started


and the crew will be here With a worldwide release later this


year, everyone here is hoping Well, from beautiful scenes in North


Devon to another one now. No better way, David.


I will clear off, look! That nose.


Sorry to spoil it. Good evening. Yes, you have been taking smashing


pictures again. The last few days, some of the photographs we have been


receiving have been brilliant, this is one of our weather watchers.


Rather more cloud in Somerset, Kingsbury Episcopi whether cloud is


pretty extensive and produced a spot of drizzle in the afternoon but no


visible rain and Bluebell starting to come out in Dorset, fantastic


pictures. Tomorrow is very similar, lots of cloud around at times but


also some sunshine and still fine and dry. The setup hasn't changed


very much, we still have high pressure in charge. Some subtle


changes in the amount of cloud, there are weather friends travelling


down from the north over the next two or three days. They will change


think somewhat. Not tomorrow, that is very similar to today, variable


cloud at times and then some sunshine and then a front comes


towards us on Saturday, that will keep a lot of cloud for the rest of


the day but still dry and by Sunday, that will have moved away so Sunday


is also Brighton dry but this weather system coming in on Monday


and into Tuesday, quite a bit change associated with that. Not only a


drop in the temperatures but finally, some appreciable rain. This


evening is a fine evening, the cloud patchy in nature. This was earlier


today in Dartmouth, where our cameraman Jeff took the slow journey


across the river. Some lovely weather here, it has been more


cloudy today that the South coast but the Sun has come back out and it


has been pleasantly dry and mild today, with temperatures even a bit


higher than we have seen today for tomorrow, so tomorrow similar with


patchy cloud around, enough clear skies overnight to allow


temperatures back into single figures, so not as cold as it has


been but certainly low enough, six or 7 degrees the minimum


temperature. For tomorrow, another very similar day, patchy cloud


coming and going, largely dry, some decent spells of sunshine and


temperatures climbing up a little bit higher than they have been


recently, up to 15, possibly even 16 degrees, 61 in Fahrenheit. For the


Isles of Scilly, a quiet day, gentle winds and a fine and dry spells of


sunshine. The times of high water... And for those surfing, it has been


disappointing this week, the ways haven't been very big but they do


pick up as we head for the weekend and into the early part of next


week. The coastal waters forecast, variable winds, no more than a force


two or three, fair with good visibility and slight seas. This is


the forecast as we head through the weekend and into next week. Nothing


too tricky at the moment. Monday, the winds pick up a little bit and


some point through the day, some light spots of rain out of a weather


front coming in from the north. What will show you tomorrow is choose a's


forecast and it will be a bit of a shock because there will be some


rain on the forecast. Have a good evening. We had to have


some rain eventually, I suppose, didn't we? That is all from us


tonight, thank you for joining us. Our late users at 10:30pm and we are


back again at 6:30am tomorrow. Good night.