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That's it from us. They will be continuing coverage throughout the
night on the Reoffending - almost
all the new inmates in Jersey's courts weren't making use of the
services that we had on offer and sending first offenders to prison.
Good evening and welcome to the late news from BBC Channel Islands News.
Also tonight: Guernsey's digital revolution -
the plans which could bring workers and millions of pounds
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 numbers 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.
What is actually being delivered, what are the results, and if
anything can be kind of fine tuned further.
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.
A 30-year-old man from Jersey has been found not guilty of rape.
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
"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
left the court without making any comment.
Julie Flannigan, 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
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.
18-year-old Fraser Armstrong remains in a critical
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
The new digital strategy strategic
framework is a fantastic document, a
real wish list of how we would love
how is it going to be funded, how
But I think it is really important for people to
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
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.
Cutting maintenance costs by reducing the need to cut the lawn.
That's the idea behind a project to plant large areas
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...
On this particular site we have got about 11,000 square metres of
We have taken 2500 for the wild flower areas.
So the reduction in cutting is obviously
25%, and so that is a saving on not only
man-hours and fuel but also on
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
We are reminding them to take the opportunity to remind our
Let's take a look at the weather now with David Braine.
Thank you. Hello. Good evening. It is probably not a surprise to most
of us that it has been so dry this month that it is causing some
problems. But a meteorological drought is a bit different, which
means just more than 15 days without any official rain, but it has been
very dry. We should be seeing around 56 millimetres of rain. There is the
risk of a great deal of rain over the next few days. Fine and dry like
this with some lovely sunshine. It looks like we will continue in the
same type of weather tomorrow and into the weekend, fine and dry with
sunny spells and generally light winds. The rain bearing cloud is
away our peer across the north of the Atlantic, but it is slowly
making progress towards us. One weather system will travel down to
Britain across to the islands through the afternoon on Saturday.
It is a very weak affair. Virtually no rain associated with that. I
pressure still for Sunday. Then a weather front comes in from the
North on Monday. This one has the potential for some spots of light
rain and drizzle. Behind it, not only is there much colder air, there
is a great rush of showers as we begin Tuesday. Overnight tonight,
still a bit of cloud around. Some breaks in that cloud and
temperatures going down into single figures. Tomorrow should be a
largely fine, dry day. Sunny spells to enjoy and very light winds. 13
Celsius. Not too bad for the weekend ahead. On Saturday there could be a
lot of cloud but it should break up for sunny spells. Sunday is fine and
dry. More cloud on Monday and some rain possible for Monday night and
into Tuesday. You're up to date with the news
from the Channel islands. week for much of the UK and for more
about that and the UK outlook, Helen Willetts.
The sunshine make such a difference this time of year, only 12 or so
degrees under the cloud today but 19 in eastern Scotland not far away
from St Andrews. Also in north-east England, where we had the majority
of the decent sunshine. Even under cloud it was dry for the most part.
We have this week whether forgiving showers in the