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  1. Jersey teachers 'badly hurt' in French crash
  2. Teenage biker suffered multiple injuries in fatal crash, inquest hears
  3. Code of conduct delay 'frustrates' senior politician
  4. Nursery group 'not being informed' on funding changes
  5. Open planning meetings could become the norm in Alderney
  6. Postal survey misses a postcode box
  7. Did you leave your chickens at the gym? Appeal after two birds found
  8. Updates on Tuesday 28 February 2017

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Local Live in the Channel Islands

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Local Live has finished for the day but we'll be back again tomorrow morning from 08:00 with the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget to tune in to BBC One at 18:30 tonight and again at 22:25 for all the latest headlines, travel and of course weather  with BBC Channel Islands News .

Rough to very rough seas forecast until tomorrow morning

Jersey met forecasts rough to very rough seas until the early hours tomorrow. 

Here is a reminder of the kind of waves we saw this morning.

Police launch campaign against using mobiles while driving

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey police will be out on the roads tomorrow looking for anyone using a mobile phone while driving. It's part of a campaign to highlight the dangers involved.

Mobile Driving

The States of Jersey Police, Honorary Police and the Road Safety Panel will be conducting road checks during the week from tomorrow morning. Last year 444 drivers were prosecuted for using their mobile while driving, up from 374 in 2015.

There is no excuse for using your mobile whilst driving, everyone knows it is illegal even if it’s just in your hand, if the vehicle is in motion you are breaking the law. It does not matter whether you are making call, answering a text or using social media, the offence will still be committed and if caught you face a fine of up to £1,000."

Insp Tim BarnesStates of Jersey Police

Islanders warned to be wary if offered 'second-hand' computers or tablets

BBC Radio Guernsey

Two tablets and a computer stolen from a Guernsey dental practice could be offered for sale in the island, police have warned.

Two 32GB iPad mini 2 devices and a HP desktop computer were taken during a break in at the Halfway Dental Practice, Vale Road, St Sampson, last week.

iPad mini 2

Officer are also keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area between 18:00 on Wednesday 22 February and 07:00 on Thursday 23 February.

Weather: Winds easing overnight, but building again tomorrow

BBC Weather

Showers will gradually ease through this evening and winds will gradually ease, leaving a dry night with some clear spells. Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F).

Weather map

Outbreaks of rain will arrive through tomorrow morning, turning heavy at times, but this will clear to the north in the afternoon.

It will become very windy later on with gales possible. Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).

A history of Jersey in 30,000 objects...

Jersey Evening Post

Waxwork heads, rusty bicycles, German daggers and defunct computers are just some of the items at Jersey Heritage’s object store in Trinity, where a huge audit is under way .  

Tributes paid to outgoing Jersey Anglican Dean

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Faith leaders in Jersey have been paying tribute to the outgoing dean, who is leaving the role, and the island after more than a decade in charge of the island's Anglican churches.

The Very Reverend Bob Key

Methodist leader Revd Graeme Halls said the dean had been "pivotal" in friendly relationships with Christians and the island's Muslim communities.

Jewish leader Steven Regal said the dean will leave a successful legacy of strong relationships between all of the island's faith communities.

Teachers injured in French crash 'stable but critical'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Two teachers from Jersey, who were on holiday at La Clusaz skiing resort in France over half term last week, were left with serious injuries after being hit by a car.

La Clusaz

French police said the driver left the scene but was later arrested.

The two, who have not been named, are both teachers at De La Salle College in Jersey. The Catholic all boys secondary school says they are not expecting them back to the island until the summer term.

They're both in hospital in the French city of Annecy where their conditions are described as critical but stable.

Assistant head teacher Tim Sylvester said the thoughts and prayers of the whole De La Salle community were with both members of staff and their families.

Athletics: Duquemin recalled by Team GB

Jersey Evening Post

Zane Duquemin has earned a recall for Great Britain after 20 months away from official international duty .

Overheard at work: 'What happened to my boat?'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

At the BBC offices in Jersey we work in one long room, there are TV reporters, radio journalists, the online team and radio presenters. Often you overhear snippets of a phone conversation about a story.

My favourite of the day was Drivetime presenter Cameron Ward suddenly saying, as a hush felll over the room: "So do you ever get owners call and say 'what happened to my boat?'"

He's talking about an amnesty on tenders at the St Helier Old Harbour - basically if owners don't follow the guidelines they'll have their boat confiscated.

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Jersey Post invests in US global postal company

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey Post, the island's government-owned postal operator, has made a further investment in an off-island company

It's part of a move to put the company on a firmer footing in the wake of a decline in domestic mail volumes.

They've invested in American company Global eParcel Solutions based in Miami. The company provides complete, worldwide postal and commercial solutions for wholesale and retail companies in the USA.

'Breakdown in communication' over early year childcare

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

The group that represents all of Jersey's private nurseries has criticised the Education Department over the way it handled changes to funding arrangements.


The Jersey Early Years Association told politicians there'd been a breakdown in communication. 

One of the main issues is around proposals to means test the funding of 20 hours free nursery care for children in the year before they start school - which is currently available regardless of whether the child is at a public or private nursery.

Those plans were put on hold last year after the States voted to apply means testing to children in state nurseries and not just private nurseries as originally proposed. 

The Education Department said it had to put the needs of island children before the financial problems of private nurseries.

Is the new Green Street crossing too close to the junction?

BBC Radio Jersey

A new pedestrian crossing has been put in just before the Green Street roundabout in St Helier, Jersey.

It is part of a series of measures to make the area safer for pedestrians ahead of the opening of the new police station, according to the department for infrastructure.

On the BBC Radio Jersey's Facebook page almost all of the comments were heavily opposed to the move, saying it will be unsafe and cause more congestion.

Many have complained the new Green Street crossing is too close to the roundabout

The Very Reverend Bob Key marks last day

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The Dean of Jersey officially leaves his post today. The Very Reverend Bob Key has been the head of the Anglican Church in the island for more than a decade.

The Very Reverend Bob Key

During his leadership the Church of England in the Channel Islands split from the Diocese of Winchester following accusations of safeguarding issues. The island's churches are now under the care of the Diocese of Canterbury.

He is leaving to take up a position as part of the Archbishops' Evangelism Task Group, helping as an advocate between cathedrals and larger churches.  

Emergency Department set to introduce new pricing system

Guernsey Press

A new pricing system at the Emergency Department being introduced in March is ‘more open, honest and transparent’ than its predecessor, the Hospital Services director has said .  

Inquest: Teenage biker suffered multiple injuries

BBC Radio Jersey

An inquest into the death of a teenage motorcyclist in Jersey last year has found he died from multiple injuries after colliding with a car. 

Nathan James Vibert, 19, died near the entrance to St Saviours Hospital last January. He was from Cheapside in St Helier and worked at Sumas in Gorey. 

The inquest heard he was riding his motorbike west along La Route de la Hougue Bie in the evening on 28 January 2016 when he approached a bus which had stopped on the side of the road and he lost control, hitting a car coming in the opposite direction. 

Today the relief coroner, advocate Cyril Whelan, said the teenager suffered multiple injuries in the crash, which caused his death. Police looked into the incident but said it wasn't a criminal investigation.

Amendment to ask for more Brexit resource in Guernsey

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

The States should put more resources into responding to Brexit and any issues arrising out of it. That's according to Rob Prow who has lodged an amendment to the upcoming March States debate on the issue.

Deputy Prow's amendment calls for Policy and Resources to consider putting extra resources, or re-allocate current resources, into the Bailiwick's response to Brexit. 

The States debate on 8 March will ask deputies, amongst other things, to vote on legislation repealing or amending the 1973 law setting out Guernsey's relationship with the EU, known as Protocol 3. 

Policy and Resources has asked for a number of civil servants to be seconded to the External Affairs Unit at a potential cost of more than £350,000 over the course of two years. This amendment would require them to speak to all departments to see if they also need additional support.

It's going to get wet out there again

BBC Weather

Jersey Met has issued a thunderstorm warning for the next few hours for the Channel Islands. 

It's not the most severe level and they are expected to be isolated, but any hint of blue skies we're currently seeing could be short lived.

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New housing laws will ‘afford individual greater protection’

Guernsey Press

New housing laws will ‘replicate and widen most of what currently exists’, the director of Housing Control has said, following a critic’s complaints about ‘new restrictions set to be imposed’ upon households .  

BreakingJersey teachers 'badly hurt' in French crash

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Two teachers have been badly hurt in a traffic crash while on a skiing trip in France, De La Salle College, Jersey, has confirmed. 

Their condition is currently described as critical but stable. The school said it has not been able to ascertain exactly what happened.

Assistant head teacher Tim Sylvester said the thoughts and prayers of the whole De La Salle community are with both members of staff and their families.

Mr Sylvester said he did not expect to see either teacher back in Jersey until the summer term. He said: "With God’s grace they will make a complete recovery and be back with us soon."

Teachers ‘left for dead’ in ski resort hit-and-run

Jersey Evening Post

Two Jersey teachers have suffered potentially life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car at high speed and ‘left for dead’ in a French Alpine ski resort .  

Maximum gusts measured across the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

It was a windy one across the Channel Islands yesterday. Jersey Met have shared the maximum gusts measured across the island.

  • Guernsey Airport: 55mph 
  • Jersey Airport: 59mph 
  • Jersey Harbour: 63mph 
  • Channel Light Vessel: 68mph
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Weather watchers: Waves flying over the wall

BBC Weather Watchers

Did you get caught in the clash of tide and wind this morning? Part of Victoria Avenue was closed due to flooding and other areas of the island also faced water on paths and roads.

Thank you to Dave Evans for this shot - taken this morning on his way to work showing the height of the waves.

Dave Evans

Money from dormant bank accounts to pay for good causes

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

If there's a bank account you've forgotten about and haven't touched for more than 15-years then there is a chance there won't be anything left in it.


A new law, approved by the States of Jersey last year, allows the States to take money from long dormant bank accounts and use it to fund good causes.

The Jersey Reclaim Fund will be used to create a charities commissioner and fund sport, arts and environmental projects.

Guernsey politicians proud of independence

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Freedom to vote with their conscience on any individual issue is the thing Guernsey deputies value most about the island's system of government according to the findings of a new major study into Guernsey politics.

Guernsey States

The study, by Nottingham Business School's Dr Christopher Pich is examining various aspects of island government, elections and politics. 

As part of his findings he has warned that the policy-making process takes much longer than in the UK. 

Dr Pich predicts Guernsey's upcoming island-wide voting referendum will result in deputies forming more alliances along party political lines.

Did you know: Families spend 15p a week on lemons

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

It's pancake day and the Jersey Stats unit are getting in on the batter based sugary spirit with a lemon and sugar stat.

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Private nurseries 'need more money' to survive

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Private nurseries in Jersey need more money from the States if they are going to continue providing places for children whose parents both work, that's according to the Jersey Early Years Association.

Tanya Brint from the association says the level of funding needs to increase or some may go out of business. She says they also haven't been kept informed about funding plans for children in the years before they start school.

Justin Donovan

I'm sorry they feel upset. We need to bear in mind here there is a bit of jostling for position. The education department needs to put the needs of families first not the financial concerns of the private sector.

Justin DonovanChief Education Officer

Guernsey's political system 'takes much longer' than UK

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

An academic looking into Guernsey's political system says islanders shouldn't expect any concrete policies until 15 months after a general election. 

It's one of the preliminary findings from Nottingham Business School's Dr Christopher Pich.

Electoral parishes
States of Guernsey

Dr Pich is warning the policy-making process takes much longer than in the UK. 

But, he believes Guernsey's upcoming island-wide voting referendum will result in deputies forming more alliances along party political lines.

Making Jersey pancakes in Jerriais

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

We all know about black butter and Jersey Wonders - but did you know there's a Jersey pancake? Jerriais expert Geraint Jennings has shared the recipe.

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Tide warning issued for Jersey this evening

BBC Weather

Jersey Met has issued a tide warning for the island's south coast this evening with some flooding possible on coastal roads at about 20:00.

There is also a yellow tide alert issued for Wednesday morning at 08:15 but this isn't expected to be as severe.

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Did you leave your chickens at the gym?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Earlier this month the GSPCA was called to Beau Sejour after two chickens were found walking around the car park outside the gym.

Since they were found, on 16 February, nobody has come forward to claim them and so the GSPCA is on the hunt to find their owner.


While many will be tucking into eggs produced by chickens as well as making pancakes with them and bird owners around Europe are ensuring their poultry are safe and well with the risks of avian flu, here at the GSPCA we are appealing for information to find the owner of these two birds.

Steve ByrneGSPCA

Major emergency exercise planned

Guernsey Press

Plans for dealing with a major emergency at sea will be tested next week .  

Jersey Recovery College students 'inspiring'

BBC Radio Jersey

A college for islanders with mental health problems and their carers is a step closer to opening.

The Jersey Recovery College now has a website and is looking for directors.

The college is planning on giving islanders affected by mental health issues access to education and training around mental health and recovery.

Some courses are already being run as part of a "soft launch" and are attended by more than 70 students.

College Manager Beth Moore said the willingness of those already involved to make the project a success has been inspiring.

Things are calming down on Guernsey's east coast...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

On this day: French royalty seek refuge in Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

On this day in 1848 family members of the last King of France arrived in Jersey fleeing the revolution and seeking refuge.

They were joined by the Comte de Salvandy who settled in a house in St Saviour's Road and gave his name to a nearby terrace.

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Postal survey misses a postcode box

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A postal survey sent to every home in Jersey to ask their views on how the postal service is working and what can be improved had a bit of a printing error - there weren't enough boxes for people to enter their postcode.

Postal form

We got in touch with Jersey Post to ask them why and it said "it was a printing error and we are working with our suppliers".

Jersey Post's solution - just put the last character of your postcode next to the fifth box. The company said: "We're sorry about this mistake, and a little embarrassed." 

There you have it - a simple printing error easily fixed - not, as my conspiracy minded brain thought - an early leak of a major reform of the postcode system.

Post Code Form

Blockchain innovation hailed by funds and tech sectors

Guernsey Press

Senior figures from Guernsey’s funds and technology sectors have welcomed the announcement of the ground-breaking first commercial deployment of blockchain technology in the private equity market .  

Open planning meetings could become the norm in Alderney

BBC Radio Guernsey

It's hoped a trial of open planning meetings in Alderney will provide a  more transparent and quicker process for islanders.

Three meetings in Alderney will be open to the public as part of the trial, after previously being held behind closed doors.

Alderney's Building and Development Control Committee says if successful, the move will become permanent.

Waves coming over Jersey's sea wall

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

After an hour standing in the cold and wet the sight of the waves crashing on to the St Clement coast road this morning was a little underwhelming.

Waves on the St clement coast road

Dramatic waves at Cobo

Penny Elderfield

Reporter, BBC Channel Islands News

It might have calmed down on the east coast, but the westerly wind has been causing havoc at the other end of the island.

Cars at Cobo have been getting battered by this 9.6m tide, with a fair amount of debris coming over the wall as well.

Dramatic waves at Cobo