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That's it from us. They will be continuing coverage throughout the

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night on the Reoffending - almost

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all the new inmates in Jersey's courts weren't making use of the

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services that we had on offer and sending first offenders to prison.

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Good evening and welcome to the late news from BBC Channel Islands News.

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Also tonight: Guernsey's digital revolution -

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the plans which could bring workers and millions of pounds

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Almost all of the new inmates sentenced to Jersey's Prison last

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That's the findings of the annual report released

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While it shows overall numbers of prisoners were slightly down last

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year compared to 2015 - over half of them were

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The number of criminals being locked up dropped in 2016

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but those that were are not new to crime.

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According to the Prison Report, of the 260 new inmates sent

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to prison last year, 97% had previous convictions

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and 60% had already served time behind bars.

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Although this level of re-offending sounds alarming,

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the Probation Service say it's expected.

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Because it's unusual for people to be sent to prison

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Instead they are usually given fines and community service.

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Sentences in the community are more likely to be successful

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than sentences in custody because someone can

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maintain their employment, maintain their family ties,

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The courts are typically sentencing people to custody when they have no

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other options available either because of the seriousness

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of the offence or because that person has exhausted the courts'

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patience with the alternatives and hasn't responded to them.

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The Prison Report has been released in the same week

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as the new independent Prison Monitoring Board

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Although the board say they can't comment on the re-offending rates,

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they will monitor the welfare of prisoners which can

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That can potentially have a huge impact in relation

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to how people can adapt, modify behaviour if that's

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actually what is required, and I think it's good to see a lot

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of the training programmes that are already in place and that

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will be one of the areas that we will be keen to look at.

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What is actually being delivered, what are the results, and if

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anything can be kind of fine tuned further.

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And it's through constructive regimes and programmes the prison

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hope to achieve its primary aim to reduce re-offending in future.

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Emma Chambers, BBC Channel Islands News, Jersey.

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A 30-year-old man from Jersey has been found not guilty of rape.

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Kevin Irving had been accused of getting into bed

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with a woman in St Helier last July and trying to have

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sex with her while she mistook him for someone else.

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Julie Flanagan was at the Royal Court where he was acquitted.

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The jury of six men and six women took less than two hours to decide

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This trial was expected to last four days but this morning the court

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decided Mr Irving should face one lesser charge of attempted rape

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rather than the original charges of indecent assault and rape.

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The jury was told the woman had met a man on an internet dating site.

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While out with friends, she and the man were texting

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When they did, Kevin Irving was with them.

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He went back to the same house as them to call a taxi

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but in the hours that followed, the woman claimed Irving got into

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She claimed she only realised it wasn't the man she thought

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it was when there was shouting and someone turned

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The court heard that afterwards she was scared and confused

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and her lawyer said very clearly she would never have consented

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His defence advocate Ian Jones told the jury:

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"with the woman there was no evidence that Mr Irving

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"I would suggest these are the actions of someone

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And today the jury agreed, clearing Mr Irving of any wrongdoing.

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When the verdict was read out Mr

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left the court without making any comment.

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Julie Flannigan, BBC Channel Islands News, Jersey.

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There's been a huge increase in the amount of time police

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in Jersey spend dealing with mental health related issues and checking

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increase over the past five years in mental health issues

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that required police attention and action,

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and welfare checks were up by a third since 2012 too.

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It comes on the day a UK watchdog is warning that public safety

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is being put at risk there, because police in England and Wales

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are being used to handle mental health issues.

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Jersey police have named the driver of the car that crashed

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on the Five Mile Road, late on Sunday.

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18-year-old Fraser Armstrong remains in a critical

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

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

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The three passengers are recovering in Jersey.

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

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digital businesses to the island along with the benefits

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which go with it, including up to 5,000

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workers and an additional ?14 million in income tax.

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

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

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The new strategy also promotes Guernsey as a choice

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location for business, with big benefits to the island.

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Here at the Digital Greenhouse, a place that encourages

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technology business, the report has been welcomed

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The challenges ahead are many, the

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The new digital strategy strategic

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framework is a fantastic document, a

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real wish list of how we would love

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how is it going to be funded, how

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But I think it is really important for people to

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worth investing our time and money

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and because it's the future of Guernsey.

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By 2026, it is hoped the number of people working

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But the deputy behind the plan is worried the States might not give

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We're looking at budget prioritisation that is extremely

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difficult to be able to properly fund these very sensible, pragmatic

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But then you're told you've got to achieve 2%

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cut this year, and then 5% and then 9%, and then how can you do that?

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in a digital industry in Guernsey, but it's argued it'll be up

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to the States to invest both time and money to fully

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Chris Harrison, BBC Channel Islands News, Guernsey.

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Cutting maintenance costs by reducing the need to cut the lawn.

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That's the idea behind a project to plant large areas

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Although it may look a little bare now that won't be the case for long.

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The States say it'll be good for bees, butterflies...

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On this particular site we have got about 11,000 square metres of

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We have taken 2500 for the wild flower areas.

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So the reduction in cutting is obviously

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25%, and so that is a saving on not only

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man-hours and fuel but also on

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After two weeks without meaningful rain, Guernsey and Jersey

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Despite a dry April so far, reservoirs are nearly full -

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and tests on the desalination plant are due to top them

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Nevertheless, Guernsey and Jersey Water are both urging

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It is just that season, the nice weather has started

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so the garden takes off and so everyone is out and

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about doing the things they love to do which makes Jersey

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We are reminding them to take the opportunity to remind our

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Let's take a look at the weather now with David Braine.

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Thank you. Hello. Good evening. It is probably not a surprise to most

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of us that it has been so dry this month that it is causing some

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problems. But a meteorological drought is a bit different, which

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means just more than 15 days without any official rain, but it has been

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very dry. We should be seeing around 56 millimetres of rain. There is the

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risk of a great deal of rain over the next few days. Fine and dry like

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this with some lovely sunshine. It looks like we will continue in the

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same type of weather tomorrow and into the weekend, fine and dry with

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sunny spells and generally light winds. The rain bearing cloud is

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away our peer across the north of the Atlantic, but it is slowly

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making progress towards us. One weather system will travel down to

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Britain across to the islands through the afternoon on Saturday.

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It is a very weak affair. Virtually no rain associated with that. I

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pressure still for Sunday. Then a weather front comes in from the

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North on Monday. This one has the potential for some spots of light

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rain and drizzle. Behind it, not only is there much colder air, there

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is a great rush of showers as we begin Tuesday. Overnight tonight,

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still a bit of cloud around. Some breaks in that cloud and

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temperatures going down into single figures. Tomorrow should be a

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largely fine, dry day. Sunny spells to enjoy and very light winds. 13

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Celsius. Not too bad for the weekend ahead. On Saturday there could be a

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lot of cloud but it should break up for sunny spells. Sunday is fine and

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dry. More cloud on Monday and some rain possible for Monday night and

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into Tuesday. You're up to date with the news

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from the Channel islands. week for much of the UK and for more

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about that and the UK outlook, Helen Willetts.

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The sunshine make such a difference this time of year, only 12 or so

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degrees under the cloud today but 19 in eastern Scotland not far away

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from St Andrews. Also in north-east England, where we had the majority

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of the decent sunshine. Even under cloud it was dry for the most part.

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We have this week whether forgiving showers in the

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