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Summary

  1. Guernsey Airport £2.6m fraudster 'has no cash', court hears
  2. Row after Jersey school closes most toilets during lessons
  3. Jersey deputy refused permission to ask Innovation Fund questions
  4. Questions raised over 'island needs' in Brexit talks
  5. Updates on Tuesday 28 March

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By Ryan Morrison

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That's it for Local Live for today, but we're back from 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather in the Channel Islands.

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

Stargazing Live - what can you see from Guernsey?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Stargazing Live returns to BBC Two tonight. 

The annual show is coming from Australia for the first time and will focus on the Milky Way galaxy.

Telescope setup
Jean M Dean
Jean M Dean shared this photo of her equipment at Jaonneause Bay in Guernsey as she prepares for a night of stargazing

But what about stargazing in the Channel Islands? 

Sark is a Dark Sky Island, with light polution kept to a minimum to help astronomers. 

Then, in Guernsey and Jersey, there are active astronomy associations with telescopes to let people look up and see what is around.

There is also a strong astrophotography group, that is for people who take photos of things visible in the night sky, and we've asked them to share a few of their favourite pictures from the past few weeks taken in the island.

Stargazing Live  with Dara O'Brian and Professor Brian Cox is on BBC Two from 20:00 tonight.

Orion Nebula
Peter Brown
This photo by Peter Brown was taken from Guernsey showing the Orion Nebula
The moon
Attila Majoros
It's not just far distant objects. This photo showing lunar features was taken from Guernsey by Attila Majoros
Norsehead Nebula
Jean M Dean
This amazing image of the Horsehead and Flame Nebula was taken from Guernsey by Jean M Dean

Latest weather: Turning cloudier and rain possible

BBC Weather

We'll see the skies turn steadily cloudier through this evening, with a little patchy light rain possible. There will also be a risk of some mist and fog patches by morning. Minimum Temperature: 10C (50F).

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Jersey weather
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Le Rocquier School students 'can use toilets when they need to'

BBC Radio Jersey

Students at Le Rocquier School will be able to use the toilets when they need to, its head teacher says.

Le Rocquier School
BBC

Philip Slater has responded after the school was criticised on some online forums for closing some of its toilets during lessons to try to control how many students were leaving class to use them. 

In a statement, Mr Slater said many schools had issues with too many students using the toilets during lesson time. 

He said all students could use the toilets when and if they needed them, and they had special arrangements for students who had medical issues.

Grandfather rights ‘indefensible and needlessly divisive’

Guernsey Press

Concerns that new residency rights differentiating between Guernsey families will "build discrimination into the fabric of our society" have been raised by a number of deputies .

Government challenged to explain savings from e-Gov

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A scrutiny panel has challenged Jersey's government to show what savings it will make when its operations become entirely digital.

States of Jersey
BBC

The Public Accounts Committee has been looking at the cost of what's known as e-Gov after it was revealed the project's £10m budget is already almost gone, and there's lots of work still left to do. 

Panel Chairman Andrew Lewis says he's sure the investment was a sensible one - even though it's expected to go more than £2m over budget. But he added he was concerned that the government didn't know exactly what benefits there might be.

Jersey States votes free TV Licences should only be for some over-75s

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Jersey currently offers free TV Licences to some people aged 75 or over on a means-tested basis.

The BBC had already agreed to take over paying for that from 2018, but there have been calls for it to provide free licences to all over-75s, as it does in the UK.

Jersey States voted not to ask the BBC to pay for all of them.

Guernsey Airport fraudster involved in scam letter

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A fraudster involved in stealing £2.6m from Guernsey's government was part of a scheme which saw a bogus letter sent to the States, asking it to change the bank account details for payments to a contractor. 

Despite Adrian Taylor making £56,260 from the scam, the 44-year-old from Kent had no money to pay compensation after the scam, a court heard today.  

Taylor, and John Woodhatch, 59, from Essex, were  jailed at Southwark Crown Court in 2015  for five years each.

The same court heard today that Taylor had no available assets left to pay compensation.

Jersey e-Gov project 'could need a further £2m'

BBC Radio Jersey

A project to put all of Jersey's government services online could need an extra £2m on top of its current £10m budget to get everything done.

Nearly all of the original budget is gone and, according to John Richardson, chief executive of the States of Jersey, more work is still needed.

The e-Gov programme began in 2013, but the first major change to services won't be ready for another two years.

Deputy Andrew Lewis
BBC

There are significant benefits in terms of saving staff, being more efficient, greater access for the public. But there are lots of competing departments that need funds as well.

Deputy Andrew Lewis Public Accounts Committee

Aggie’s name lives on at The Burrow

Guernsey Press

A property close to Southampton General Hospital offering local families a place to stay while their young ones undergo vital care has been named in memory of schoolgirl Aggie Nicolle .  

Jersey's national park covers 4,700 acres

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Did you know Jersey's National Park, which includes the Minquiers, covers an area of 2,093 vergees - which is 4,709 acres. That's according to Jersey Heritage.

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Jersey Aircraft Registry 'will work', says minister

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Jersey's Aircraft Registry will work despite a slow start, according to Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham.

Senator Lyndon Farnham
BBC

A Freedom of Information request revealed that just two aircraft have been registered since it was set up in 2015. It also found the registry had cost £860,000 since it first started.

Senator Farnham said that, despite its slow start, business would pick up - especially if it began including commercial aircraft too. But he told the States it would be wrong to abandon the project.

We targeted our registry to private and corporate aircraft when really we should have gone to the commercial sector as well. I will be coming back to the States to enable us to change our registry into that area.

Senator Lyndon Farnham Economic Development Minister

All change because of new £1 coin

Jersey Evening Post

In just over six months’ time the Island will say goodbye to Jersey £1 coins, which will be replaced by the new 12-sided UK version, a coin that is already causing a headache for local businesses .  

Guernsey Airport £2.6m fraudster 'has no cash'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A fraudster involved in stealing £2.6m from Guernsey's government has no money to pay compensation, a court has heard.

Taylor and Woodhatch
BBC

Adrian Taylor (pictured left), 44, from Kent, and John Woodhatch (right), 59, from Essex, were jailed at Southwark Crown Court in 2015  for five years each. 

The same court heard that Taylor made £56,260 from the con but has no available assets left to pay compensation.

Woodhatch was ordered to pay back £67,973 within the next six months. If he fails to do so, he faces a further year in jail after raking in £261,300 from the scam.  

Electrical items stolen while owners slept

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A MacBook Pro, guitars, cameras and a wireless speaker are among items stolen from a home in Gorey while the owners were asleep upstairs, police say.

States of Jersey officers said those responsible also stole the keys to the householder’s car, a blue Nissan Micra, which was found abandoned submerged on Ouaisne Beach this morning.

Property taken included:

  • A MacBook Pro 13in laptop computer
  • Two electric guitars, including a black Fender Squire bass guitar in a black and grey soft bag, and a white Fender Stratocaster electric guitar
  • A Canon digital camera and lenses
  • A Pentax camera and lenses
  • A blue Bose wireless speaker

Officers said anyone offered any of the items, or with more information, should get in touch.

Reds’ thriller win helps bring in ‘hundreds of thousands’

Jersey Evening Post

The Jersey Reds’ dramatic win on the rugby pitch this weekend has not only placed the team on course for the Championship play-offs, but may have also boosted the Island’s economy by hundreds of thousands of pounds, it has been claimed .  

BBC 'discriminating' against Jersey over free TV Licences

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The BBC is "discriminating" against people in Jersey by not offering to fund free TV Licences for everyone over 75 as they are in the UK, according to Deputy Montfort Tadier.

Jersey currently offers free licences to some people aged 75 or over on a means-tested basis. Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst said the BBC had already agreed to take over paying for that from 2020.

Deputy Tadier said that was discriminatory as the BBC would pay for everyone over 75 to get a free Licence in the UK, so they should also pay for everyone over 75 in Jersey.

Deputy Montfort Tadier
BBC

There should be no reason why we can't support this and say to the BBC that, in the view of this assembly, they shouldn't be applying a discriminatory policy across the British Isles.

Deputy Montfort TadierReform Jersey

Heavy vehicles could be banned from Langley Avenue

BBC Radio Jersey

Lorries and heavy vehicles could be banned from driving in Langley Park and Langley Avenue in St Saviour under proposals to improve the areas for local residents.

Langley Avenue
Google

At a meeting at the parish hall last night, people told St Saviour's deputy, Kevin Lewis, that the roads were often impossible to drive or park on because of the number of wide vehicles using it. 

The deputy has come up with several ideas to improve things, and said Liberty Bus had already agreed to use smaller buses on the route using those roads.

He has also suggested banning vehicles over a certain width or weight, and possibly introducing a residents' parking scheme to stop people parking there for work.

Report looks at impact of Brexit on the Channel Islands

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A report into the impact of Brexit on the Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man highlighted areas where the UK Government had responsibility for the islands.

This includes defence, international representation and ensuring the islands meet their international obligations.

One of the main findings of the report highlighted the need for the UK Government to outline what they would do during Brexit negotiations where the needs of the islands were different to those of the UK.

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Jersey States shows support after UK terror attack

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Jersey politicians have shown their support for MPs in Westminster and those affected by last week's terror attack .

House of Commons
AP

Three members of the public and a police officer were killed in the attack on Wednesday.

Deputy Bailiff Tim le Cocq read out a letter sent by the Bailiff to the Speaker of the House of Commons, which was followed by the traditional States of Jersey showing of solidarity: foot stomping.

We in the States of Jersey stand united with the House of Commons and other democratic legislatures in rejecting violence, and upholding democratic principles and the rule of law.

William BaillhacheBailiff

Stamp of approval? Students get free album set to encourage collecting

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey Post has given all Year Four pupils in the island a free collectables album in the hope of getting them interested in the "traditional hobby of stamp collecting".

Stamp collecting
Jersey Post

The 40-page album looks at Jersey Post stamps from the past year, including those featuring Jersey Cows, Nigel Mansell and actor Henry Cavill as Superman, the Man of Steel.

The feedback we have received from schools and children since launching the initiative has been really positive, and it’s brilliant to see children so enthused about stamps and stamp collecting."

Rachel MacKenzie Philatelic Marketing Manager, Jersey Post

Last day on children’s ward for popular staff nurse Sandie

Guernsey Press

A popular figure on the hospital’s Frossard Ward for children retires today .  

Changes to Jersey bus timetable and slight price rise

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

When the spring bus timetable comes in from 3 April there will be a slight price rise on some of the fare options as well as a few minor changes to the running times.

Bus
BBC

The summer timetable comes in on 29 May and will see a number of new routes and more frequent buses on some of the major routes.

For example route one from Gorey to town and route 15 to the airport will run every 20 minutes on a Sunday. You can see all the changes  on the LibertyBus website .

  • Pay as you go card fares will increase by 5p to £1.55 per journey
  • AvanchiStudent fare will increase by 2p so now 77p per journey
  • Weekly unlimited fare will now be £21 per week, and £16 for online top up
  • Monthly and annual unlimited cards will remain the same

States will call special sitting to discuss care inquiry report

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

When the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report - into historical abuse in the island's care system - is released the chief minister says he will call for a special States sitting where he will make a statement on its findings.

Senator Ian Gorst
BBC

There is no date on when the report from the £23m inquiry will be published. It had been due out in the first three months of this year, but a slight delay has been announced by the panel.

Speaking in the States Assembly, Senator Ian Gorst said: "Members will not have had a great number of days and week to digest what will be a weighty tome with a number of recommendations."

He said the initial meeting would be to make a statement and discuss the initial findings and suggestions.

The chief minister said: "I would then expect the Council of Ministers to come forward with a response to the report and an action plan. That will then be brought to the States Assembly to be debated."

Financial blacklisting 'the biggest threat' to Guernsey from Brexit

BBC Radio Guernsey

Financial blacklisting is the biggest single threat from Brexit to Guernsey, that's according to the head of the Policy and Resources Committee.

The comments from Deputy Gavin St Pier follows a new report from the Ministry of Justice that urges the UK Government to clarify the position of the Crown Dependencies during Brexit negotiations.

Deputy St Pier says without the UK at the table there's a greater risk of being put on an EU blacklist.

Gavin St Pier
BBC

What that is likely to mean is we are going to have to ensure we up our own international identity and that is something the justice committee has identified. We may have to speak more loudly ourselves."

Deputy Gavin St Pier President of Policy and Resources

Tadier: Bailiff blocked start-up fund questions

Jersey Evening Post

A deputy's questions to two ministers about the Innovation Fund scandal have been blocked by the Bailiff, it has been claimed .

Deputy refused permission to ask Innovation Fund questions

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

A Jersey States member has been refused permission to ask two questions about the Innovation Fund in the States by the Bailiff.

Deputy Montfort Tadier of Reform Jersey wanted to ask whether two ministers had offered to resign or been asked to resign over the business fund,which has been heavily criticised.

He was told to raise his concerns with the body that sets States procedures. He then tweeted the questions he was intending to ask.

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Crown Dependency Brexit report 'welcomed'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's most senior politician says a House of Commons report on the impact of Brexit on the Crown Dependencies "re-affirms that the UK Government must represent Bailiwick interests in Brexit negotiations - even if they're not aligned".

Gavin St Pier
BBC

Deputy Gavin St Pier said he was pleased the report recommended no change to Guernsey's constitutional relationship with the UK, and that the island was well positioned ahead of Theresa May starting formal exit negotiations.  

The report highlighted a number of urgent areas that needed action, including making sure any export licences were up to date to allow the islands to meet trade orders after Brexit.

Should all over-75s in Jersey have a free TV licence?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey is being asked whether it should go back to the BBC and ask the corporation to pay for a free TV licence for everyone aged 75 or over in the island.

TV licence stats
BBC

Currently only those older islanders on income support are able to claim a free TV licence, and it is paid for by the States. 

During negotiations earlier this year, the BBC agreed to pay for means-tested licence fees from 2020, but Deputy Montfort Tadier of Reform Jersey said that wasn't good enough.

He said that, if the BBC was going to pay for all fees for over-75s in the UK, then it should also pay for it in Jersey as well.

What do you think of locking school toilets?

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Le Rocquier School is locking the majority of its toilets during lessons in an attempt to reduce disruption to lessons.

BBC Radio Jersey asked people for their thoughts on the move on Facebook and almost all of the comments have been critical.

Le Rocquier School
BBC

Kirsty Marquer said: "I'm pleased my child doesn't go there. Sometimes children have to go during class times." 

Jasmine Hardy said: "There are toilets open during lessons. They have to go the reception and ask to use them. As you can imagine, there is a queue."

The BBC has contacted the school for a comment.

Is Guernsey 'doing enough to sell itself to the outside world?'

Guernsey Press

Guernsey's long-term future as regards health, wealth and happiness, and more immediate concerns about the way it sells itself to the outside world, will be under examination at this year’s Institute of Directors mid-term event next week

Time running out for nurses in Guernsey to register

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Time is running out for nurses and health visitors in the Bailiwick to register with Guernsey's Health Committee under a new registration scheme.

Guernsey hospital
BBC

The 2006 Registered Health Professionals Ordinance requires the committee to maintain a register of all regulated health professionals.  

So far, 420 health professionals have completed their registration in Guernsey and Alderney. According to Health, the registration system is in place to maintain an open and transparent system in providing a quality of care to patients.

Anyone who has yet to register can find the necessary forms on the States of Guernsey website . And they have to do so by this Friday at the latest.

'Wellness tourism' on the agenda for Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

The growing popularity of "wellness tourism" worldwide is a market that Guernsey should capitalise on, according to the director of tourism and marketing for the States of Guernsey.

Mike Hopkins said wellness packages were based around making your physical, mental, and spiritual health the focus of a trip. He said it was a real opportunity for the islands.

It is a huge tourism market, we have a fantastic natural wellbeing offering over here, and we are working with hotels and yoga providers. We got them together to discuss and work with each other to provide an offering to target that specific market.

Mike Hopkins Director of Tourism and Marketing

Road closed to for stage delivery to Opera House

BBC News Travel

The top end of Seaton Place in St Helier is closed until midday to allow for the delivery of a large stage to the Jersey Opera House, the Infrastructure Department has confirmed.

Training to help spot skin cancer

Jersey Evening Post

Hairdressers, physiotherapists and beauticians are among professionals who have been invited by a charity to undergo free training to help spot possible signs of skin cancer on their clients .  

Urgent review of export licences 'needed before Brexit'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

An urgent review of export licences to allow the Channel Islands to meet their trade orders following Brexit is needed, according to a House of Commons committee looking at the impact of Brexit on Crown Dependencies.

House of Commons
BBC

Parliament's Justice Committee has been looking at the implications of Brexit for the Crown Dependencies. It follows a report for the House of Lords which argued the territories must have a say in Brexit talks. 

The committee report suggested an urgent review of licences to export outside the EU to make sure orders following Brexit - currently expected in 2019 - aren't affected.

A number of major trade talks will follow Brexit, with implications for the Crown Dependencies. The committee report said it wanted the UK Government to make clear its position on how it'll represent any differences between Crown Dependencies and UK interests.

Jersey politicians to discuss TV licences and referendum rules

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey is to have its last debate before Easter and it's a relatively short order paper.

States
BBC

The social security and external relations minister will face questions without notice. That will come after the previously submitted questions.

Pre-submitted questions include ones on the upcoming Care Inquiry report, the minimum wage, income support and the Aircraft Registry.

Members will also be asked to vote on asking the BBC to provide free TV licences for over-75s, and changes to the referendum law.

The debate starts at 09:30 and  will be broadcast on the BBC Jersey website .

Latest weather: Mainly dry and sunny

BBC Weather

It will be a generally dry day, with plenty of pleasantly warm sunny spells. The odd shower is possible as we head into the afternoon, but most of us will stay dry. Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F).

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Jersey weather
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Guernsey weather
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Jersey e-Gov programme likely to go over budget

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A Jersey government programme putting services online is likely to need more money in the next few years. 

Jersey civil service HQ
BBC

The e-Gov programme has already cost nearly £8m, but the Public Accounts Committee was told it'll probably cost more than its £10m budget.

The first major changes that'll allow the government to collect income tax online won't be ready for another two years.

John Richardson, chief executive of the States, said they were making sure all the systems worked, and that took time and money.

Questions raised over 'island needs' in Brexit talks

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A House of Commons report is calling on the British Government to clarify what happens in Brexit negotiations when its interests differ from Crown Dependencies. 

Brexit
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The Justice Committee report is the second government publication in the space of a week considering the implications of Brexit for the territories. 

Tomorrow, Prime Minister Theresa May is due to officially notify the European Union that the UK is leaving . The Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are not in the EU and didn't have a say in the vote to leave. 

Areas of concern in the recent analysis include how finance and online gambling industries will be protected from "hostile action" without a voice through Britain's EU membership.