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Summary

  1. Investigation launched after 'tail strike' at Jersey Airport
  2. Permission denied for Pulias Vinery to be used for light industry
  3. Jersey's spying laws resulted in criminal convictions totalling more than 60 years in 2016
  4. Jersey fertiliser and pesticide tax 'not ruled out'
  5. Weaker pound after Brexit vote is one reason for Guernsey Post's price increases
  6. UK Met Office visits 'one of the oldest' private weather stations
  7. Updates on 12 April 2017

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By Rob England

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More people to be taken to court over driving and using mobile phones

Alexandra Spiceley

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

Jersey's courts will deal with most cases of people found using a mobile phone while driving.

Until recently, anyone caught using a phone behind the wheel faced a Parish Hall inquiry.

But a new order has been issued by the Law Officers Department saying most cases should be charged in court instead.

driving with a mobile
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Jersey police recently launched a campaign to clamp down on the number of people using a mobile phone behind the wheel after 444 drivers were prosecuted last year, up from 374 in 2015.

This evening's weather and a look ahead to tomorrow

BBC Weather

We'll continue to see a fairly cloudy afternoon across Jersey, although it should remain dry throughout.

Through tonight, the cloud will continue to build, perhaps becoming thick enough to give the odd spot of rain, although most will stay dry. 

As a result, it will be milder than previous nights. Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F).

Weather
BBC

Thursday will start cloudy with a few further spits and spots of rain.

However, most will stay dry and it will become brighter later. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

How much smaller are the new buses?

The new buses due to be operating on Guernsey's roads from next month are described as "narrow-bodied" by the States, but how much smaller are they?

  • 63cm shorter
  • 7cm narrower
  • Can carry 31 passengers, which is three fewer

The buses also have front, side and rear destination boards, a passenger announcement system offering "timely reminders", USB charging points and can support wi-fi access.

The 12 buses are the first part of a phased replacement for the existing 41-strong fleet.

Buses
BBC

Nitrate levels in Jersey's water 'not high enough' to be health risk

Sarah Bailey

BBC Radio Jersey

The head of Environmental Health in Jersey has said the nitrate levels in Jersey's drinking water "aren't high enough to cause health problems".

Stewart Petrie was responding to a scrutiny report calling for more to be done to reduce the levels, which are among the highest in Europe.

The water that we're drinking is fine, it's been within limits, and actually it's coming down because we're getting better at detecting when the incoming water is high in nitrates."

Stewart PetrieHead of Environmental Health, Jersey

Turntable ladder used to get casualty ashore for treatment

BBC Radio Guernsey

Firefighters used a turntable ladder to help paramedics get a casualty off a visiting boat.

Turntable ladder alongside vessel
Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters were called to St Sampson's Harbour just before 08:00 this morning to help the ambulance service with a casualty on the bridge area of the cargo vessel.

The casualty was brought ashore using a cage mounted stretcher and transferred to an ambulance and on to A&E.

Alleged assault in St Helier

BBC Radio Jersey

A woman was allegedly assaulted by a man as she walked along Havre De Pas, from the direction for the White Horse towards Mount Bingham, Jersey police say.

Officers are looking for witnesses in the area yesterday evening from 22:30 to 23:00.

Police are particularly looking for a man who saw the man and woman by Havre Des Pas Gardens who then informed two other women that the woman in question was being assaulted.

Children from year four and below not to sit 11 plus selection tests

BBC Radio Guernsey

Children currently aged 5-9 in Guernsey will be the first group to be allocated to secondary school entirely without sitting the 11 plus selection tests, the Education, Sport and Culture Committee has said.

"Allocation to all-ability schools will be based predominantly on a feeder system from primary schools. 

"Which primary schools feed into which secondary schools will depend on the structure approved by the States later this year."

The changes are part of a wider overhaul of secondary and post-16 education on the island.

St Helier murder probe: Rebelo family statement

Rob England

BBC News Online

Ana Rebelo
Jersey Police

Jersey police have released a statement from the family of Ana Maria Rebelo, whose body was found in St Helier last week.

Ana was a loving mother who will be deeply missed by all of her family here and in Portugal. As a family, we continue to grieve her passing and try to deal with what has happened on a day to day basis. We are still working with the police to establish what happened and how she met her death. We have seen many condolences online from the public and read the kind words from strangers wishing us well and sending their thoughts and prayers to us, this means a lot to our family and has offered us some comfort during this tragic ordeal. However, now we would like to kindly ask that our privacy be respected whilst we try to come to terms with our loss."

Rebelo Family

Detectorist finds rare English Civil War pistol discovered on beach

Rob England

BBC News Online

A rare pistol from the early 17th Century has been found in St Aubin’s Bay by a member of the Jersey Metal Detecting Society. 

Detectorist Tony Collins made the discovery in February when he was scanning the beach at low tide.

pistol
Jersey Heritage

Jersey heritage said the pistol was in "remarkable condition" considering its age and location.

A spokesperson said "It has an unusual wheel-lock mechanism found on pistols typical of the early 1600s.

"It is considered rare because they were complex to make and therefore expensive to buy.

"Few people would have owned one and it is therefore thought likely that it belonged to an officer."

Sami the seal pup making 'fantastic progress'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Sami the seal
GSPCA

The Guernsey society for the protection of cruelty to animals (GSPCA) have said Sami, the grey seal pup rescued just after Christmas in Jersey, is making "fantastic progress".

A spokesperson said: "Sami continues to eat between 20 to 30 mackerel and herring a day and we continue to appeal for support towards her care.

"The team are extremely pleased with her progress at the GSPCA and each day she gets closer to being strong enough and of a healthy weight to be released back to the wild."

New buses to start on scheduled services in May

The first of the new buses bought by the States for use by Guernsey's public bus operator CT Plus are due to arrive in the island next month.

The Environment and Infrastructure Committee said it hopes the first bus will begin operating from early May, with all 12 vehicles due in the island by the end of May.

It said they will be painted in a new livery.

Artist's impression of bus
States of Guernsey

This is an exciting time for the local bus service with twelve brand new vehicles entering service and offering significant improvements in customer comfort, passenger information and associated services."

Deputy Barry BrehautPresident of Environment and Infrastructure Committee

Vinery 'wrong place' for light industry land

BBC Radio Guernsey

Permission to change the use of a former Guernsey vinery site was denied earlier today.

Applicants wanted to change the use of the Pulias Vinery, so it could house light industry. 

It was one of two sites earmarked by the States for businesses being moved from another former vinery site at the Fontaine. 

Pulias site neighbour Andrew Ayres said the rejection of the plans by the Development and Planning Authority this morning was a victory for "common sense".

The island does need land for light industrial use, but as many of the objectors said, it's just the wrong place for it. You've got a site which is at a lower level than the public areas the road that goes by it and the coastal path. So it would just be a sprawling mass like you have at the Fontaine vinery but in a beautiful part of the island.

Andrew Ayres

States of Jersey look for feedback on sites for bus shelters

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Department for Infrastructure has said they are looking into potential sites for another batch of shelters at stops in St Helier and elsewhere.

The proposed sites are:

  • Route du Fort, westbound at Cleveland Road car park, St Helier
  • Trinity Road, southbound at Trinity Gardens, St Helier
  • Janvrin Road, northbound at Springfield Stadium, St Helier
  • Grande Route de la Cote, westbound at Avalon Park, St Clement
  • Les Nouvelles Charrieres de Bonne Nuit, bus terminus layby, St John
  • Route de St Aubin, eastbound at Bel Royal Gardens
  • Longueville Road, westbound at Rue des Pres Trading Estate

Deputy Eddie Noel said: "I would be pleased to hear what members of the public think of these seven additional sites for shelters, and I am committed to identifying further locations later in 2017".

More men registered as 'actively seeking work' than females in 2017

Rob England

BBC News Online

States asks islanders to use the loo before jumping in the pool

BBC Radio Guernsey

Islanders are being asked to make sure they go to the toilet and take a shower before using the public swimming pool at Beau Sejour. 

Guernsey's Head of Recreation Services, Sam Herridge, said the pool, which is filled with half a million litres of water, dumps twenty thousand litres each week in the backwash cleaning process. 

He said manual efforts to ensure high levels of cleanliness will be undone if swimmers are not responsible. 

Investigation launched after 'tail strike' at Jersey Airport

Sarah Bailey

BBC Radio Jersey

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has confirmed it is looking into an incident in which a Blue Island plane's tail "scraped" the runway whilst landing at Jersey Airport.

The plane, from Southampton, had "minor damage" after the incident, according to the Aviation Herald

A full report is expected in the coming months, according to the AAIB.

Jersey airport
BBC

Drivers urged to watch out for hedgehogs

BBC Radio Guernsey

hedgehog
Getty Images

Drivers are being urged to watch out for Guernsey's hedgehogs which are coming out of hibernation. 

Conservationist Dawn Robin said they are often dehydrated and malnourished at this time of year after the long winter months. 

She said now is the time islanders are most likely to see them on the roads.

Fall in amount of people listed as 'actively seeking work' whilst employed

Rob England

BBC News Online

UK Met Office visits 'one of the oldest' private weather stations

Rob England

BBC News Online

A presentation by the UK Met Office has taken place to mark the 100th anniversary of one of the oldest private weather stations in the British Isles.

The station, maintained by the Norman family has been sending data to the Met Office since 1917.

Helier Smith, the Head of Jersey Water, says the data is especially important to farmers.  

Ms Norman measuring the rain
BBC
Ms Norman checks the gauge and sends the data to the UK Met Office at 10:00 every day

Rainfall gauges are remarkably simple actually, they're a copper pot that collects rain, they're obviously a pre-determined size with exact measurements, but basically you measure the depth of the rainfall collected in the bottom and that gives you your daily figure. I expect the method of collection has changed very little over that time.

Helier SmithJersey Water

Rare pistol 'could have been preserved in black sand'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A rare pistol from the early 17th Century has been found in St Aubin’s Bay by a member of the Jersey Metal Detecting Society. 

Tony Collins made the astonishing discovery on a cold February afternoon when he was scanning the beach at low tide.

Tony Collins (L) with Neil Mahrer (R) , Museums Conservator for Jersey Heritage
Jersey Heritage
Tony Collins (L) with Neil Mahrer (R) , Museums Conservator for Jersey Heritage

Mr Collins, who has been metal detecting for four years, said “I wasn’t expecting to find anything in that particular location. 

“There was nobody else on the beach and when I pulled it out of the sand at first I wasn’t sure what it was. 

"But when I knocked some of the encrustation off I saw the barrel and immediately realised it was significant.”

It is thought that so much of the original material has been preserved because the pistol was lying in black sand, which has very low oxygen content. 

Most of the pistol is hidden beneath 400 years of encrustation and experts hope x-rays could be used to uncover more of its secrets.

Conservationists in call to save the endangered curlew

Guernsey Press

Birds that live here or migrate to the island are coming under increasing risk of global extinction.

Man 'hit in head multiple times' outside pub

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police are looking for witnesses after a man was assaulted outside a St Peter Port pub on Saturday evening. 

A police spokesperson said the man was punched in the head "multiple times" at about 23:00 on the Pollet side of the Thomas de la Rue pub

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Guernsey Police.

Farmers 'will not appreciate' fertiliser tax

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's environment minister has said he is not ruling out introducing a tax on fertilisers and pesticides in the future. 

It was a suggestion made by a scrutiny panel looking into the levels of nitrates in Jersey's water supply. 

Every tonne of fertiliser a farmer purchases is an expensive commodity, it's not getting any cheaper and adding to the cost is not something they'll appreciate. But it may be a way of encouraging farmers to look even closer at the amount they buy, and more importantly the way they use it out in the fields and be even more careful than they are currently."

Deputy Steve LuceEnvironment Minister, Jersey

The Charity Commission to look at RNLI row

Rob England

BBC News Online

st helier lifeboat
BBC

The Charity Commission has made a statement following the sacking of the St Helier lifeboat coxswain, Andy Hibbs.

Mr Hibbs was asked to step down due to allegations of "serious breaches of the RNLI's Volunteer Code of Conduct".

All 25 volunteers of the St Helier lifeboat crew resigned after the decision. He denies any wrongdoing.

We will be engaging with the charity to determine if the nature of this issue requires our regulatory intervention. To clarify, our role as regulator means it is not for the commission to become involved with internal disputes, it is the trustees’ duty to resolve any internal matter in the best interest of the charity and its beneficiaries. However, the commission takes regulatory action where it is necessary and proportionate, including when there is evidence of representational or operational damage, or mismanagement of the charity by the trustees.”

The Charity Commission

Guernsey Hockey club pitch 'significantly damaged'

BBC Radio Guernsey

"Significant damage" has been done to Guernsey Hockey club's astro turf pitch from cigarette burns, police said.

A number of "youths" are thought to have used the pitch to play football between 15:30-18:00 on 27 March.

Guernsey Police say the pitch will now be prone to further damage due to the holes left by the burns, and are appealing for witnesses.

Fall in youth unemployment 'encouraging'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Social Security Minister has said the continued drop in the number of people out of work in the island is encouraging. 

A report published by the States has revealed the number of people actively seeking work is the lowest for six years. 

The number of young people looking for work has also fallen from 590 in January 2013 to 220. 

Deputy Susie Pinel said it is especially encouraging to see the fall in youth unemployment. 

Guernseyman abused woman over 15 years

Jersey Evening Post

A Guernseyman who indecently assaulted the same woman over a period of more than 15 years has been jailed for eight years.

Permission denied for Pulias Vinery

BBC Radio Guernsey

Permission denied for Pulias Vinery to be used for light industry. 

It had been proposed as a site to relocate businesses from Fontaine Vinery.

Guernsey: Route des Bas Courtils closed until Tuesday

Rob England

BBC News Online

Route des Bas Courtils in St Saviours has been closed due to an "electrical cable fault" until Tuesday of next week, a States spokesperson has said.

Residential and business access is from La Villiaze Road end.

'Retired gentlemen's race' returns to Jersey

Sarah Bailey

BBC Radio Jersey

A sailing race series aimed at Jersey's pensioners starts on Monday. 

The Alex Bleasby Retired Gentlemen's Race series gives favourable handicaps to boat crews as their average age increases. 

The series has strong ties with Hautlieu School, named in honour of the late Alex Bleasby, a former teacher who had the original idea.

The series trophy was made by students in the school workshop. 

Alderney could risk FAB link through indecision

BBC Radio Guernsey

Alderney's government needs to make a decision on the controversial France Alderney Britain (FAB) link, or risk losing its role in the electricity project, according to the head of the island's chamber of commerce.

Andrew Eggleston said if a decision is not made soon, the chance may pass the island by.  

The £500m cable will link France and Britain via Alderney. 

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100th anniversary of 'one of the oldest' private weather stations

Rob England

BBC News Online

One of the oldest private weather stations in the British Isles is still providing useful data 100 years on from when it was set up, Jersey Water has said.

The Norman family in St Brelade has been measuring island rainfall since 1917.

There'll be a presentation today by a representative from the UK Met Office to mark its 100th anniversary. 

Helier Smith, from Jersey Water, said the data is especially important to farmers.  

Jersey unemployment figures

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Jersey Stats Unit have done it again, this time with a excellent info-graphic on unemployment figures.

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Business relocation meeting starts

BBC Radio Guernsey

The future location of dozens of Guernsey businesses could be decided at an open planning meeting currently under way. 

Politicians will have the final say on whether light industry businesses currently based at the States-owned Fontaine Vinery can go to a different site in St Sampson, near the Pulias Pond. 

It's one of two sites earmarked by the States for the firms. 

I don't appose the principle of using vinery sites because that's been enshrined in the island's development plan, but I just think Pulias vinery, where it is, it's situated near an area of biodiversity, near a site of special interest.

Deputy Neil Inder

St Paul's beat St Ouen to lift Wheway Cup

BBC Sport

Jack Cannon netted twice in the first half to help St Paul's to a 3-0 win over St Ouen in the Wheway Cup final at Jersey's Springfield Stadium.

St Paul's ceebrate
Simon Lester

Prolific forward Kieran Lester added the third on 71 minutes to seal the win for the Jersey Premiership champions.

St Ouen were the holders of the trophy, while St Paul's had previously lifted the Wheway Cup in 2012 and 2015.

Home care staff are being 'forced out'

Jersey Evening Post

Home care staff within Family Nursing feel like they are being ‘forced out’ after being told to either sign a new contract on worse terms and conditions or face redundancy, a care assistant has said.