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I'm Charlie McArdle, welcome to Monday's BBC Channel Islands.
It wasn't the fairy tale ending they'd hoped.
Jersey Reds miss the chance to make history by just one point.
Beautiful Jersey, but there are concerns that cost cutting
I am hugely proud of everyone, managing to get us this far.
And a charity milestone means children from the Channel Islands
will have access to a new trauma and emergency department
When your child is in an accident, you want them to get the best care
they possibly can and this trauma centre will give them that care.
Brave and bold and a huge confidence boost for the future.
It may not have been the result the Jersey Reds were after,
but their narrow defeat in the British and Irish Cup bodes
In a nail-biting final in Cork, the cup was snatched from Jersey's
And not to confuse you, but the Reds were playing in blue.
Our Sports Editor, Tim Pryor, was in Cork and sent this report.
To lose any final is getting bad to lose like this is cool at the end of
the best season in the club's long history. Jersey got the best
possible start with a try after just one minute. They built up an 18
point lead. But the hosts scored tries of their own either side of
half-time to steal the momentum. Hardy with a try for the Jersey Reds
in the second half. But it was Munster who dominated as the game
wore on, despite brilliant support from the fans who travelled to cheer
on their side. A penalty ten minutes from the end gave the Irish said the
victory and the cup by the narrowest of margins. To come away to Munster,
a quality team, I think the boys rolled up their sleeves and put in a
real effort and we can only be proud of them. They can look back with
pride on a season that saw their highest ever finish in the league
and this memorable run to the cup final. It has been a massive season
for the fellas. I am hugely proud of everyone of them. Managing to get
this far. It is not the fairy tale ending that we wanted but those
things will now be etched in history. An occasion to remember for
the players, staff and supporters but no luck of the Irish for jersey
in Cork. Back on home turf, I asked the club
chairman, David Lapidus, They were very disappointed. I was
with them... They managed to have a few beers but they were disappointed
because they got so close and yet so far. One point is nothing really.
But they were very disappointed. Financially, it has been a tricky
season. Does reaching the final bring with it a financial boost?
Well, it is certainly a reputational boost but we don't make too much
money out of it anyway. It would have been better if we could have
played in Jersey and we would have got an enormous crowd, I would
think, for jersey anyway. We look forward to getting revenge next
season. Three men have been charged
with importing 27 kilos of cannabis resin into Jersey,
after being stopped A multi agency team of customs,
police as well as fire and rescue were involved
in the operation in St Ouen's Bay During a magistrates hearing today,
the court was told the cannabis had The men will appear in
the Royal Court in six weeks' time. The two Burmese men facing the death
penalty of the murder of Jerseyman David Miller on a Thai
beach have been given more time to lodge a final appeal
against their conviction. The men have been given to the 23rd
of May to challenge the verdict, and are expected to question
the DNA evidence. They were convicted of murdering
David Miller and Hannah Witheridge in Koh Tao in September 2014
and sentenced to death. Parents in Guernsey are being urged
to make sure their children's vaccinations against measles
are up to date. It follows an outbreak
of the disease in parts of Europe, including France,
Portugal and Italy. A similar warning has
been issued in Jersey. I think it is very important that
parents ensure that their children's vaccines are up to date. In Guernsey
we know that MMR coverage is 96.1%, which is above the World Health
Organization target of 95%. Looking at what is happening, we would not
expect significant spread of me would accrue measles within
Guernsey. A Jersey politician has raised
concerns that thousands of pounds of maintenance cuts to the islands
parks and gardens Senator Ferguson claims
the infrastructure departments savings can be seen with the loss
of many plants. The iconic castle may attract people
to Gorey but the flowers... What do visitors think? I think the garden
is very beautiful and a lot of colour. It is very good. They are
not as good as they used to be. We have been coming here for several
years. They have always been absolutely beautiful and well cared
for and this year, they look as though they haven't been. And that
is the concern of this politician. The upkeep of the park hasn't been
outsourced, Sarah Ferguson believes budget cuts are to blame. She is
worried about the impact it could have on visitors. Part of the
attraction for visitors are our floral displays and if we start
lowering the standards then we are affecting tourism. Tourism is
terribly important. But the department behind it says the beds
had to go because rabbits decimate the rose plants, not because of the
savings they have to make every year. We have done that. But is not
to the detriment of the long-term park. All of our main parks are
green flag accredited. We aim to maintain that for the future. These
patches of soil will be turned into a sensory garden.
For many parents of seriously ill children in the Channel Islands,
the expert facilities at Southampton General have provided
Now an appeal to create a new Children's Trauma
and Emergency Department has reached a big milestone, its
raised its first million, helped by a charity set up
by the actors Sarah Parish and James Murray in memory
Fresh from our screens in ITV's Broadchurch,
actor Sarah Parish enjoys plenty of work and a high profile,
but it's this role which is closest to her heart,
It was the tragic loss of their baby daughter Ella-Jayne
which has closely linked the couple to Southampton General.
Sarah and James see a new hospital as her legacy.
When your child is in an accident, you want them to get the best care
that they possibly can and this trauma centre will give them that
care. They have specialist x-ray rooms and they will be 11
observation areas. Anything a child needs one they really are critically
ill, this place will have. They will have the best chance for survival.
We provide the major trauma service for this region and we deal with all
the seriously injured children from nine counties and children come over
from the Channel Islands. We need to have an environment where the skills
that the people have here can work effectively for them. The building
is an empty shell at the moment and there is a lot of hard work ahead.
To transform this area is going to take a lot more money. The search is
on four major donors, individuals or businesses, prepared to donate not
tens but hundreds of thousands of pounds in return for naming rights,
a plaque above a door. Still ?1.5 million to race in just one year.
A man from Sark has gone missing in the UK and hasn't been seen
51-year-old Steve Grey travelled to Poole from Guernsey on a planned
trip and had been staying in various hotels.
The police in Dorset have appealed for help in finding him,
saying his disappearance is out of character and are asking anyone
who has been in contact with him recently to get in touch.
It's been fairly sunny but I have noticed a chill in the air
We are at risk of seeing a little bit of overnight frost for a couple
of days. Feeling much more chilly outside. This was before the cloud
rolled up today. Many others seeing some sunshine. The cloud is thicker
and it will bring as some spots of rain overnight. They risk of a few
showers tomorrow. Add a touch of frost. I know it is towards the end
of the month but we will see a drop in temperatures. A line of cloud
across central Britain. That is where the colder rare boundary
years. It is crossing the Channel. It'll move into France. It will
introduce arctic air. Quite a big drop in the temperatures. The risk
of some overnight frost. Temperatures start to come back up
again as the winds rotating around come in from the Atlantic and from
the West. Overnight, that first weather system will give us a few
spots of rain. These skies were clear before it gets like tomorrow
morning. We start the day pretty chilly with a risk of a frost.
Tomorrow, we have got some sunshine. A chance of a passing shower but
pretty isolated. A pretty raw feeling northerly wind and ten or 11
degrees will be the maximum temperature. It will feel colder.
There are the times of high water. A bit more of a breeze. Winds will be
about a force for- five. Another cold day on Wednesday and then
temperatures start to come back up again towards the end of the week.
That is the words we like to hear, temperatures coming up towards the
end of the week. You are up-to-date with the latest news. Good night.
Now a roundup of other stories making the news in the South West.
There are concerns for the welfare for a missing 13-year-old girl
Anastasia Groom has links to Taunton and Exeter and officers believe it's
likely she's in one of these two places, or somewhere
She's described as white, around 5ft 1in tall,
of stocky build with dark hair with red colouring, worn
The jury in the trial of a Bulgarian man accused
of murdering his former partner in Exeter, has today heard
from three of the victim's former work colleagues.
The court heard that Gergana Prodanova told other workers
at the Great Western Hotel that Kostadin Kostov beat her
Mr Kostov denies murder and the trial continues.
Police have launched an investigation into a suspicious
fire at a Torquay hotel, early yesterday morning.
More than 100 young farmers were staying at the Bancourt Hotel
while in the resort for their annual convention and had to spend the rest
of the night sleeping on the floor at the Riviera Centre.
Police are treating it as arson with intent to endanger life.
Three people suffered minor injuries.
Plymouth's Labour group says renewing the Trident nuclear
programme is key for the city and the party is committed to it.
It follows comments from the Conservative Defence
Secretary Sir Michael Fallon that Labour would pose a security risk
if elected because of Jeremy Corbyn's opposition
It's being called one of the most challenging jobs in society today,
and figures reveal hundreds of vacancies for children's social
Amid warnings of the impact on vulnerable children and families,
councils across the region are stepping up efforts to encourage
more people to consider a career as a social worker.
Like any journey, to a job but for children, social workers, it goes --
what goes on behind doors is what matters. It is a tricky situation.
It is damp if you do and damp if you don't. Dealing with families is
delicate and you have to be sensitive and it is tricky to get it
right all of the time. Their professions battled a negative image
after a series of high-profile cases like that of baby P. Nationally
there is a problem of bringing people into children's social work.
It is probably one of the most challenging jobs in our society
today. According to figures, across the south-west there are nearly 300
vacancies for children social workers.
Alex is one of 33 new recruits taken on in the last five years in
Cornwall where they run their own training programme and now Cornwall
is getting involved in a government bursary scheme with 11 other
Southwest authorities that offers a 14 month FastTrack scheme. You have
the added value of the different resources and perspectives. We have
to be honest as well, we have to make the most of what we have got
and by pooling all resources and expertise, it is an opportunity to
give people in Cornwall and opportunity to train and work with
children and families. This year's round of the scheme is open in till
early May with authorities encouraging applicants to come
forward. The football season is building
to a nail-biting finish, The lasers illuminating the seafront
in Weymouth and why some want to return to the light bulbs
of the past. Onto sport now and there's good news
and bad news from the weekend. Torquay United have nearly pulled
off the great escape for a second year running and after Saturday's
win, their destiny is now Exeter City left it very late
to keep their play-off hopes on track, while Plymouth Argyle
gained ground in the Just a few miles from
the white cliffs of Dover Well, higher than they have been
for the last couple of weeks. His header just before
half-time putting them ahead against a team chasing promotion,
but the battle for league survival proved to be the stronger motivator
and Torquay doubled their lead and it was that man Williams
again finding the net. Minutes later and Dover
pulled a goal back. The two-goal cushion gone
led to a nervy finish and despite a late chance,
Torquay held on and are now out of The battle for survival
is almost won. Exeter City have been
living off late chances, but when David Wheeler's scuff
somehow evaded the visiting keeper, no-one at St James Park was
expecting a comeback from Morecambe. And it took something
special from Kevin Anderson That is how it stayed until stoppage
time and it would not be an Exeter City game
without a late goal. Reuben Reid won the penalty
and drilled it home. Liam McAlinden's amazing
run ended with a third, Exeter could do Plymouth Argyle
a favour next week when they play The Pilgrims are now
just two points behind, Six goals last week,
but a very different story This effort from Graham Carey
was as close as any for Argyle. Luke McCormick was certainly
the busier of the two keepers. Not that he could have done much
about this if it had An uneventful match
but another point gained Could the fans even be cheering
Exeter City next week? It was a top weekend
for Plymouth Leander's Ben Proud, who took two British titles and two
British records in 24 hours at the British
Championships in Sheffield. He beat his own record
to retain his 50m freestyle title in a time of 21.32,
with his clubmate Tom Fannon finishing well
in second to take silver. Then Proud won the 50m butterfly
in a time of 22.8 seconds. Devon boxer Tommy Langford's
dream of becoming a world champion suffered a major
setback this weekend. The 27-year-old from Bideford
put his unbeaten record on the line in Leicester against the much-feared
Georgian Av-tandil Kurts- idza. In the fifth round he was knocked
down by a left hook and the referee Before this Langford had
seemed to be ahead on most The fight was for the WBO
middleweight interim title, with the winner taking on world
champ Billy Joe Saunders. There was disappointment
in the London Marathon for Devon's Jo Pavey,
who was trying to qualify for this The 43-year-old was forced to retire
at the 16 mile mark. She said she wanted to carry on,
but from about 13 miles her And finally, the Plymouth Raiders
season is over after they failed to make the playoffs for the fourth
year in a row. They lost their last six
games which saw them Good news and bad news. It is a
roller-coaster that sports bulletin. Thank you.
Now, many seaside holidays are not complete without an evening time
Most resorts decorate them with lights all year
This is how Torquay still looks during a night-time stroll.
Weymouth used to have a very similar appearance, but when the borough
welcomed the Olympics, it decided to replace the fairy
lights around the bay with bright green lasers.
But should they have been so quick to dispense with tradition?
Dated, dilapidated. In Weymouth at the beginning of the decade, the
winds of change were blowing and it was decided a traditional seaside
look had had its day. But only a few years after they disappeared, the
borough council is now looking at whether the fairy lights should be
brought back. It would look really pretty and be nice for everybody to
see. It is a traditional seafront so it would look nice with the very
lights. They are part of the history of Weymouth. It makes the whole
promenade look festive. There has been a lot of pressure to return to
the past in part due to delight replace them. No matter how they
might look like a steel frame, these are lights. Green lasers beamed
through fog and rain with mixed response. They were quite nice and
bright. I think they were really cool. Either serve the fairy lights
because they are more traditional as far as the breach resort is
concerned. Both are nice. Why can't we have both? The local authority is
still looking at how to eliminate the seafront, but dispensing with
the future may prove just as tricky as dispensing with the past.
Something a little more light-hearted.
A seagull may have bitten off more than he could chew when he stole
some false teeth from a seaside bench in Devon.
The feathered-felon, more commonly known for stealing
chips, snapped up the abandoned gnashers in Torquay.
A picture of the garrulous gull was shared widely on social media.
A post on the Spotted Newton Abbot Facebook page said,
"Unfortunately anyone missing them will need to contact the seagull
Oh, dear! What a disappointed seagull hoping for chips! Let's move
on. Time for the weather. Good evening. We have been talking about
this cold spell of weather. It will probably last one, two days. Ahead
of the front bringing that change, some quite is testing cloud
formations. -- interesting cloud formations. The cloud is not thick
enough to produce a fuchsia hours. It will clear tonight and opening
the door to Arctic air. We will not see the huge swing in temperatures
that other parts will see, but it will feel colder tomorrow. There
will be some sunshine and quite sharp showers, but quite a high risk
of frost forming tonight. That cold air is heading quite a long way
south. It will help to northern Spain by the middle of the week.
Quite a big change for many. A lot of cloud capable of producing a
fuchsia hours. That introduces the colder air as it sinks southwards
and the Arctic air will be with us tomorrow and Wednesday. Around the
top of this area of high pressure, more cloud coming from a slightly
less cold direction, so temperatures back up Thursday and Friday and
high-pressure looking pretty close and possibly for their weekend
ahead. Let's look at the detail for what will happen right through this
evening will stop let's have a look at some of the pictures where there
was some flowers out at this time of year. Everything is getting into
leaf. Pretty good at this time of year and most of the trees are now
out so it looks like we will see some fine weather to look forward
to, but some of these spring flowers will be in for a shock as we see
that frost turn up both tonight and also tomorrow night. The detailed
then for overnight tonight, we have got high-pressure coming in at the
end of the week, but this cloud is producing spots of rain this
evening. It sinks southwards. No real rain on it for those that need
it and once it clears the south coast, that cold air will arrive. We
are looking at a frost overnight tonight with temperatures between -1
and two or three degrees. Lots of sunshine tomorrow. A fuchsia hours.
By the afternoon, some of the showers turned out to be quite
heavy. Ten, 11 degrees, it will feel more like six or seven. The forecast
for the Isles of Scilly. Sunny spells. Times of high water. And for
our surfers, more waves but they will be rather choppy along the
north coast because the winds are northerly, four or five. But we
start to warm up towards the end of the week and towards the holiday
weekend. Have a good evening. That is all from us for now. There will
be an update at 10:30pm tonight and we are back tomorrow evening. From
everyone, good night. There are times in the life
of a nation when the choices we make define
the character of our country, times when people stand up
and demand real, significant change. we have the chance to shape
a brighter future for Britain and I believe we have the vision
and the plan to do it. That is why I have set out
my plan for Britain.