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Summary

  1. Justice minister will 'stand up for the islands' over Brexit
  2. GcMAF offices raided in connection with suspected money laundering
  3. One-thousand tumble dryers yet to be repaired in Guernsey
  4. £1 coins to be withdrawn in islands
  5. Water quality remains the same, despite work to reduce pesticides, tests show
  6. Bus company to hire collapsible bikes
  7. Guernsey footballer's England debut match cancelled
  8. Updates on Thursday 23 February 2017

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Local Live in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

That's your lot for today, but Local Live will be back from 08:00 tomorrow for the final edition of the week.

As always, we'll have all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the Channel Islands.

Don't forget to tune in to BBC One at 18:30 this evening for all the latest headlines with BBC Channel Islands News.

Computer equipment stolen in dental practice robbery

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey Police are appealing for witnesses after computer equipment was taken from a dental practice in St Sampson last night.

Computer equipment and several iPads were taken during the break in, which took place at the Halfway Dental Practice on Vale Road.

The premises were entered at some point between 18:00 last night and 07:00 this morning.

Anyone who was in the area, and may have seen anything suspicious is asked to get in contact with the police on 725111 or anonymously via Crimestoppers.

If you want to know what Britain will look like after it takes back control, just look to Guernsey’s decline

Independent

Independent

The favoured answer when free movement from the EU ends appears to be tightly controlled schemes which limit foreign workers to short periods in the UK. But any minister who wants to see the wider economic impact of such policies need look no further than Jersey and Guernsey.

Same-sex marriage on Alderney's agenda

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

The introduction of same-sex marriage will be debated by the States of Alderney next month.

Guernsey's marriage law - which could come into force in May - has no jurisdiction in Alderney and Sark.

Alderney's politicians will discuss the issue at their meeting on 15 March.

I'll think you'll find most of us are in favour, we accept the world is changing, we acknowledge there are people who love each other of the same sex and therefore they should be allowed to have a partnership."

Graham McKinleyAlderney States member

Loans worth £2.5m approved for higher education in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

The States of Jersey has approved £2.5m worth of loans to support students in higher education.

Ten years ago politicians agreed to guarantee up to £10m of bank loans for the scheme.

Alan Maclean
BBC

The details are revealed by the treasury minister who reports to the States twice a year about budgets and financial controls.

In the first six months of last year Senator Alan Maclean approved seven loans with a total value of £10,500.

Guernsey Squash Open to be held this weekend

BBC Radio Guernsey

Squash players in Guernsey will be playing for a spot in the European Championships this weekend at the Guernsey Squash Open.

The tournament, open to the Senior category will be held at the Beau Sejour Leisure Centre and spectators are welcome:

  • Friday 18:20-20:20
  • Saturday 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00
  • Sunday 11:00-13:00

Beau the St Bernard stuns owners with 11-pup surprise

Jersey Evening Post

Caring for a litter of puppies is hard work at the best of times, but dealing with the arrival of 11 St Bernard puppies with just two weeks’ notice is keeping Susie Hazlewood and partner Wayne Evans more than a little busy.

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Jersey: 

BBC Weather
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Guernsey:

BBC Weather for the Channel Islands
BBC

Workers 'blow torch' sparked roof fire in St Helier

BBC Radio Jersey

The fire reported earlier today on the Parade in St Helier started after workers set fire to timbers with a "blow torch", Jersey Fire and Rescue said.

At about 12:45 fire alarms were triggered at the Parade.

Two fire engines attended the scene, and crews closed the road before to cutting away the affected timbers to extinguishing the blaze.

Fire crew on the Parade
Jersey Fire and Rescue

Collings Road clear after crash

BBC Radio Guernsey

Collings Road is now clear after a two-vehicle collision earlier. No injuries are reported.

Environment minister tells organic growers to 'do more to help themselves'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The difficulties organic farmers in Jersey have experienced are because they haven't organised themselves, according to the environment minister.

Deputy Steve Luce has been responding to concerns raised by a Jersey farmer who said he tried hard for a long time to run his dairy farm along organic lines - but the States didn't offer enough help.

Now policies have changed, and farmers have been encouraged to work in an environmentally friendly way - or they won't get any subsidies.

The Environment Minister, Deputy Steve Luce, says the organic sector should have done more.

Government have put a lot of money in, and last year we put in more than ever before, and that's with less and less organic virgees. Organic farmers are getting government support, they've got to look to their businesses. We asked them last year as part of the agreement of taking the money, 'Please go to Jersey business, and let them have a quick look and see if they can help you make more money from growing organic produce', and not one of the growers took that offer, and that's really disappointing. We're trying our best to help them help themselves."

Deputy Steve Luce Minister for the Environment

New move to get the States to pay rates

Jersey Evening Post

A fresh proposal to get the States to pay rates on their buildings has been lodged.

Conscripted for WW1 service introduced 100 years ago today

Travel: Flight delays continue in Jersey and Guernsey

BBC Travel

Jersey:

  • 15:05 Arrival from Southampton has been cancelled
  • 15:30 Departure for Southampton has been cancelled
  • 16:20 Arrival from London Gatwick has been delayed until 16:30
  • 16:25 Arrival from Southampton has been cancelled
  • 16:30 Arrival from Exeter has been delayed until 17:30
  • 17:10 Departure for Southampton has been cancelled

Guernsey:

  • 16:35 Arrival from Stansted has been cancelled
  • 17:15 Arrival from Exeter delayed until 18:15

Collision in Collings Road

BBC Radio Guernsey

Two vehicles have collided in Collings Road, St Peter Port, Guernsey's emergency services report.

They're asking motorists to avoid the area if possible.

Plans for new school rejected due to layout, parking and safety

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey's planning minister has refused planning proposals for a new Les Quennevais school on fields in St Brelade.

Deputy Steve Luce believes the scheme goes against guidelines for the use of land in Jersey.

A recent inquiry argued there was a need for a new school and that alternative sites had been suitably looked into.

But the inspector had concerns over the site layout, parking and traffic safety.

The minister supports plans for a school on protected land in the Green Zone, but said the school will have a significant effect on the neighbourhood and he wants to make the right decision.

Small car spaces to be introduced at Salerie Corner

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A section of parking at Salerie Corner will soon be reserved for small cars.

The move follows a similar scheme on North Beach last year.

There will be a maximum of 17 spaces around the edge of Salerie car park, where cars that meet the size requirements will be able to park for 10 hours.

To park in a small car space, your vehicle must be:

  • No more than 3.7m in length
  • No more than 2.1m in width
Salerie Corner car park
States of Guernsey

The spaces will be painted over the course of three days, starting tomorrow at 07:00.

Law Enforcement raid offices of GcMaf firm

Guernsey Press

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of money laundering offences after a Law Enforcement raid in the Lower Pollet yesterday.

Jersey to withdraw £1 coin

Rob England

BBC News Online


          Former Chancellor George Osborne holding the new coin in 2014
BBC
Former Chancellor George Osborne holding the new twelve-sided coin in 2014

The States of Jersey will be withdrawing their £1 coin from circulation to coincide with the UK's timetable for introducing the new twelve-sided coin.

The new UK coin will be coming into circulation on 28 March 2017. 

After the 15 October 2017 the older £1 coin will no longer be legal tender.

Any islanders in possession of the old Jersey £1 coins have until this date to bank or exchange them. The decision will not affect the Jersey £1 note, which will continue to be legal tender.

Currently the States have no plans to replace the Jersey £1 coin.

Jersey an 'ideal place' to build bike partnership

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A UK bike hire firm says Jersey is an ideal place to build a partnership with the bus company.

Brompton Bike Hire has signed a deal with Liberty Bus to allow folding hire bikes on its vehicles.

Brompton bikes
Bicycle South, Decatur

It will mean you can hire a bike for 24 hours at a time and carry it with you across the island on the bus.

Sales manager Michael Foster says similar schemes have been very successful across England - and he's looking forward to operating in the island.

'No plans' for delegates from Channel Islands to form Brexit team

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The UK's justice minister has told an inquiry he's not aware of any plans to have delegates from the Crown dependencies involved in UK Brexit or trade negotiations.

Sir Oliver Heald - who has responsibility for relations in the UK and Channel Islands - was speaking at a justice committee inquiry into the implications of Brexit in Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man.

He was asked what he knew about suggestions that delegates from the islands would be involved in UK trade deals to make sure their interests are represented.

I haven't heard any suggestion myself within government that there would be a particular team with the Crown dependencies in it. The main point is to make sure that whoever's negotiating is fully aware of their concerns and will take them into account."

Sir Oliver Heald MPUK Minister for Justice

Tree planted in park to commemorate protest against hospital build

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A tree's been planted in Jersey's People's Park to commemorate the protests which helped to save it from being used for the island's new hospital.

The plan caused opposition from local people and politicians who staged demonstrations there - including one where they laid down in front of a digger. 

A petition against building the hospital at the park was signed by 5,000 people. 

On 23 February last year, the health minister announced in the States that he was taking the park off the list of options.

Campaigners planted a red oak tree on the site at 12:00 today to mark one-year since the decision.

Dedicated small car parking at Salerie

Guernsey Press

Small car parking spaces are being introduced at Salerie car park.

Parade now open to traffic after rooftop fire

Rob England

BBC News Online

We've found one...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

It took a lot of digging around the back of the sofa, but we've found a Guernsey £1 coin.

There are apparently 581,000 of these in circulation, but they will be withdrawn later this year.

Guernsey £1
BBC

This specimen is from 1983, but like a fine wine there are many different designs for different years.

Spend them while you can.

Dental practice closes doors after robbery

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Halfway Dental Practice has shut its doors for the day after having thousands of pounds worth of equipment stolen.

Police said a robbery took place between 18:00 on Wednesday and 07:00 this morning, with iPads and computer equipment being taken.

When you think of your place of work or the people you work with as part of your family, we almost found it personal that they'd done that to us. We are a close working team and to have that happen to you and have to have to tell everyone wasn't pleasant. I'm a bit cross, to put it lightly.

Hannah RobinsManager, Halfway Dental Practice

Parade cordoned off in St Helier after rooftop fire

Rob England

BBC News Online

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Fire officers are reporting there were no injuries after a fire started on the roof above shops on the Parade in St Helier.

Two crews attended the scene, and traffic is being diverted away from the area.

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Market Street and Halkett Street closed tomorrow in St Helier

Rob England

BBC News Online

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The company have advised that only sections of the pedestrian walkway will be closed, and access to premises will be open at all times.

Fort Regent goes Purple4Polio

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Fort Regent will be lit up in purple for this evening as part of Rotary Internationals Purple4Polio campaign.

It was launched to raise funds and awareness of the deadly disease. 

Polio is a serious viral infection that used to be common in the UK and worldwide. It's rare nowadays because it can be prevented with vaccinations.

There were 350,000 cases of people with polio in 1986 the number of cases has reduced to just 35 worldwide last year.

Will it look as good as Government House in Guernsey though?

Government House
Government House

Where are the coins?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

I've been hunting for a Guernsey £1 coin in our newsroom, but nobody has one.

They're being withdrawn from circulation ahead of the release of the UK's new 12-sided version.

Apparently there are 581,000 of them in circulation, so I'm not sure where they've all gone.

Local high street banks haven't requested any new stocks for more than 10 years, so they must all be somewhere.

Guernsey won't be issuing their own 12-sided version, so once the coins have been withdrawn, there will be no replacement.

12-sided coin
PA
The UK is releasing a new 12-sided coin in March, but there won't be a Guernsey version

Drop in speeding after £250,000 speed bump

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

There's been a significant drop in speeding offences in the Jersey parish of St Mary in the past year.

A freedom of information request shows there were 155 recorded in 2015 but that dropped to 92 last year.

Speed gun
Thinkstock

The fall has been credited to a granite speed bump that was built at a cost of £250,000.

Chef de Police Mark Evans says it's made an important difference.

Film producer offers credits for funding

BBC Radio Guernsey

How do you fancy seeing your name in the credits of a horror film? 

It's an opportunity being put forward by Guernsey born film producer and director Gene Fallaize, who is offering islanders the chance to help fund his latest project, in exchange for "perks".

These include executive producer credits, signed posters and scripts, and screen-used props from the film.

The budget for the film was entirely raised using crowd-funding, but extra funds are now needed in post-production to finish the final edit, music, and sound design from a Hollywood-based sound team.

Horror film cliche
Thinkstock

GcMAF offices raided in connection with suspected money laundering

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A business in St Peter Port was raided in connection with money laundering offences yesterday.

A woman was arrested at the offices of Immuno Biotech - which distributed the unlicensed blood product GcMAF before it was outlawed - while a man was arrested at a separate location.

Police officers removed "a number of items" for further examination.

Guernsey's Economic Crime Division is leading the investigation, which is ongoing.

Guernsey footballer gets some professional encouragement...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

If you're a Guernsey football player making an England debut, support doesn't come in a more experienced form than Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier.

Maya Le Tissier - who I'm told is no relation - is making her debut for the Under-15s against Germany later today, and received this tweet...

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Former Southampton and England midfielder Matt Le Tissier played eight times for the senior England side, and scored a hat-trick for the England B team against Russia.

Guernsey £1 coin to be withdrawn

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey's £1 coins are being withdrawn from circulation.

The UK's new 12-sided £1 coin will be legal tender in the island, but there will be no Guernsey version.

The current Guernsey £1 coin will be withdrawn by October this year.

Islanders are being encouraged by the States of Guernsey to exchange both their UK and Guernsey coins at high street banks.

GSPCA keen for online dog tax payment

Guernsey Press

Using Guernsey’s dog tax system to create a centralised database of the island’s canines would benefit pets and their owners, GSPCA manager Steve Byrne has said.

Travel update: Flight delays

BBC Travel

Guernsey

  • The 10:20 arrival from Birmingham via Jersey is delayed until 11:15
  • The 10:40 departure to Birmingham is delayed until 11:30
  • The 10:30 arrival from Alderney is delayed until 12:20
  • The 10:45 arrival from London City has been cancelled

Jersey

  • The 10:30 arrival from London City has been delayed until 11:50
  • The 13:10 arrival from Southampton has been delayed until 14:15

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey

  • One of the politicians responsible for Channel Island interests in Brexit negotiations has defended the Crown dependencies' record on financial transparency
  • Business owners should overcome any reservations and embrace the challenge of taking on staff with a disability, according to a local cafe owner
  • Another £250,000 is still needed to finish off Alderney's swimming pool

Jersey

  • The UK's justice minister has told an inquiry he's not aware of any plans to have delegates from the Crown dependencies directly involved in UK Brexit or trade negotiations
  • There's been a significant drop in speeding offences in the Jersey parish of St Mary in the past year, after a £250,000 granite speed bump was built
  • The first water quality tests of the 2017 growing season show that levels of pesticides in untreated water in Jersey are similar to those recorded last year