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After two and half years, the for the news where you are.

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After two and half years, the remains of a Jersey man who went

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missing on Christmas Eve have been found of Jersey's West Coast.

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Clearly everybody is shocked when something like this happens. It is

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pleasing, I think for his family that there can be some sort of

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closure with his remains being found.

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

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Also tonight: No longer value for money - creche facilities

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Human remains found off the coast of Jersey have been confirmed

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as belonging to an islander who went missing two and a half years ago.

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Roy Deeming disappeared over Christmas in 2014,

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and his yacht was found drifting off Corbiere.

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Here off the coast of Corbiere is where the last known clues

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as to what happened to Roy Deeming were found more than two years ago.

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And it's the sea off the west of the island where a local diver

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found remains of body parts that have now been confirmed by forensic

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The 61-year-old disappeared from his St Brelade home

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His yacht, Desiree, was towed to shore by Jersey Coastguard

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after being found empty a mile off Corbiere.

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Despite searches and appeals, Mr Deeming was never found.

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The news has been met with shock in St Aubin,

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where he was well-known and well-liked in the community.

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A keen sailor, he was often in and out of this

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He was a very easy-going sort of guy.

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He had done a bit of gardening, a bit of boat work, quite an

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He was a part of the fabric of the town over

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the years and we had all got very used to him.

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The police say they aren't treating the death as suspicious,

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and are continuing enquiries with the Deputy Viscount

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about the possibility of sending out divers for further searches at sea.

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They say officers are continuing to support Mr Deeming's family.

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Creche facilities at Guernsey's largest leisure centre are to close

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as part of moves to reduce costs and make way for

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The Beau Sejour creche escaped closure four years ago

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when a campaign by users forced a u-turn by the States.

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But politicians now say it's no longer value for money,

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It's a busy leisure centre with thousands of islanders making

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But it seems fewer and fewer are using the creche,

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with declining numbers making it costly to run, at a time

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It is significantly loss-making, and obviously it's subsidised

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To give you an indication, if we were to actually increase

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the price per hour would probably be in the region of ?12 per hour and

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when you look at the cost of childcare anyway,

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we wouldn't be able to raise our prices that much.

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Staff only found out yesterday and say they're

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But the committee responsible says the space is needed for services

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for people with medical conditions or recovering from other

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health issues, which are, in contrast, growing in demand.

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We have to try and balance what's best for the community.

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We have an ageing population and the LifeFit requirement

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and referrals from doctors and health and social services

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to Beau Sejour to help maintain healthy lifestyle and also recover

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from things like heart attacks grew 28% last year.

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As medical health services begin to overlap with physical and mental

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fitness and wellbeing, it's clear there's

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a need for facilities like these to be expanded.

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But, for the staff and users of the creche, it's another example

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of where cuts in public spending are being felt by islanders.

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Guernsey's government has been told the States-owned airline Aurigny

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is on course to make a ?6.3 million loss if current trends continue.

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Declining passenger numbers, bad weather, crew costs,

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exchange rates, fuel prices, and fleet maintenance all contribute

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Members heard the airline's been granted a ?6 million overdraft.

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Proposals to run a passenger-only inter-island ferry service over

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Guernsey's Economic Development Committee says it's been in talks

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with Condor Ferries and the States of Jersey about a possible

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trial to help tackle declining passenger numbers.

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But the idea's now been withdrawn because it says

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it wasn't prepared to subsidise the service.

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The request might come, quite reasonably, from another ferry

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company to subsidise another route because you would

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But Condor came with good intentions and a good presentation.

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We took to that with good intentions but we reached

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Condor Ferries says it's disappointed Guernsey has decided

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not to trial a new inter-island service, but will continue

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discussing options with the Minister of Economic Development in Jersey.

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It's been claimed "inappropriate pressure" was put on the people

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deciding which businesses should get a loan from the controversial

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More than ?2 million of public money is outstanding

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from the now defunct scheme to support new business.

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A group of politicians reviewing the much criticised scheme heard

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from the man who led the nonexecutive directors

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Tim Herbert said pressure to lend money was constant and came

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from political channels, as well as those with an interest

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Jersey's infrastructure minister has just given approval for the states

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to take over several fields needed for a new school at Les Quennevais.

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Deputy Eddie Noel hopes to have all the land under states

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But that still doesn't free up all the land needed

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The deputy says he's already in discussion with other land

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There's high demand for a scheme which helps prisoners in Guernsey

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Officers say there's always a queue of dads and mums

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Penny Elderfield went to find out more.

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I have been here before, but this is the first time

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I have been on sentence with my little girl.

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It is difficult, she is two years old, three in November.

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She is very grown-up, kind of one step ahead.

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I am creating a good bond with her while I am here.

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I am just hoping she likes this, really.

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I try to do anything I can while I am here.

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It is an idea that has been going on a while at the prison.

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Today, ten fathers are recording a bedtime story for their children.

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A charity then edits it all, adds sound effects and makes a speedy.

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Staff here who have seen the difference it makes,

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have ambitions of making DVDs one day as well, if funding

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Keeping the family unit together is one of the things we strive to do.

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We have got a phone system where they can phone their children

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every night, but it is not quite the same when you get

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into bed when you are little and cuddle up to go to sleep.

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For one little girl whose mum did a CD, she had to have that

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It is like when you buy them something and that smile,

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I am hoping this is the same thing for her, really.

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I have got my fingers crossed it makes her smile,

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And finally, one of Jersey zoo's much loved Silver Back Gorillas,

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Ya Kwanza, has died during an operation at a French zoo.

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The male gorilla, who was extremely popular with both visitors

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and staff, was transferred to Amneville in 2011

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Former keeper Richard Johnstone Scott said he had many fond memories

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of Ya Kwanza including regular attention seeking hammerings

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wet day today with 25 millimetres of wet day today with 25 millimetres of

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rain, which according to the Jersey Met Department makes it the wettest

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May 17 since records began. May 17 since records began.

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Hopefully it'll be a better day tomorrow. Some sunshine and brighter

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skies with just the risk of eight few showers. This is the weather

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front that has affected us today, slowly working its way east, so that

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rain is clearing through leaving a better day tomorrow. Just the risk

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of a few showers popping up. Friday, more of the same, and the weekend

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could be similar, although by Sunday we have got more of a southerly

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breeze developing allowing temperatures to rise a bit. Tonight,

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lingering cloud and rain is clearing through, starry sky is developing,

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and lows of nine or 10 Celsius. Tomorrow, a bright start with good

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spells of sunshine and a gentle breeze. Some cloud at times, and

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that could lead to a couple of showers but there won't be too many

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of them. A fresher feel that we have had over recent days, temperatures

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around 12-14dC. We have got some good spells of

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sunshine to come, always the risk of eight few showers, but in general

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not a great number of those. For the bulk of the time it will be largely

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dry and bright. By the time we get to Sunday, more of a southerly wind

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bringing in warmer and allows temperatures to rise. Overall, not a

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bad look to things over the next few days.

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That's your news this Wednesday evening.

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BBC Radio Guernsey and Jersey will be first with your local

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news, weather and travel from 6am tomorrow morning.

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showers. But it will be a bit warmer.

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Before today, many gardeners were crying out for

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