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  1. No confidence vote to go ahead in Jersey
  2. Police renew appeal for missing man Andrew Gilchrist
  3. Sailing disruptions across the Channel Islands
  4. Trees down and structures made 'unsafe' by high winds in Jersey
  5. Storm brings down trees and scaffolding in Guernsey
  6. More laws to govern drone use 'needed' in Guernsey
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Rob England

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Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Islanders invited to express views on Jersey minimum wage

BBC Radio Jersey

Islanders in Jersey are being asked for their views about what the minimum wage in Jersey should be.

Staff at the Employment Forum want to hear from employers and employees to help them decide on a level of increase.

The current minimum wage in Jersey is £7.18 per hour.

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Deputies express concerns over publishing of Care Inquiry report

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Chief Minister has said he will pass on concerns about the planned timing of the report from Jersey's Care Inquiry next month after members in the States Assembly expressed their concerns.

The report is due to publish its final report at 15:00 on Monday 3 July, with victims groups and other interested parties seeing it two hours earlier, as announced in a press release this week.

It was also announced that there would be no time for questions to the panel chairman, Frances Oldham QC, on the report's publication.

Deputy Russell Labey said the media and States members would not have time to digest the report if it was published at that time of day.

Somebody needs to talk to somebody about it, because it is not going to go down well, and it's going to play into the hands of those saying this inquiry is a whitewash and a cover up.

Deputy Russell Labey

Inter-island ferry service 'will push ahead next year'

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Jersey and Guernsey will push ahead with plans for a new inter-island ferry service for next year.

The project for small passenger ferries run by Condor Ferries was shelved this year when financial support from Guernsey could not be found.

The Economic Development Minister, Senator Lyndon Farnham, said he wants to go ahead with the new service operating next year.

He told the States Assembly today that return fares could be under £60, with children fares at half price.


Care Inquiry report recommendations 'must be acted on'

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

A lawyer acting for people who were in care in Jersey has said concerns over the timing of the long-awaited report into historic abuse in Jersey should not take away attention from the findings.

The report will be published at 15:00 on 3 July, but politicians have expressed concerns about the timing and the fact there will be no opportunity for questions after a statement is read out.

The inquiry has cost £21.5m. Lawyer Alan Collins said what is important is that the recommendations of the report are acted upon.

Independent Jersey Care Inquiry
Independent Jersey Care Inquiry

It is a major undertaking, and I would say every opportunity needs to be used to ensure that the report is put to good use. So if, for example, there are recommendations for the future that those recommendations are seriously considered, analysed, and I'd be looking to see them implemented.

Alan CollinsLawyer, representing victims of historic abuse

Consultant fees for bond £1.5m.

Guernsey Press

Consultant fees in the region of £1.5m for the issue of the States bond were not excessive, according to KPMG.

Council of Ministers 'aren't paying attention' to prosperity

BBC Radio Jersey

The Institute of Directors in Jersey is asking politicians to be more cooperative and constructive together for the good of the island instead of wasting time "arguing together".

Chairman Chris Clark said the stories of doom and gloom aren't painting the right picture of the island.

The Island is going through an incredibly prosperous time and it's as though the Council of Ministers aren't paying any attention to this. They're constantly focused on the negatives, and there is no comment whatsoever on the positives. There's the old sort of cliched adage, if you drive looking in your rear-view mirror, you'll crash into your destiny.

Chris ClarkChairman, Jersey Institute of Directors

Guernsey Post hopes to prevent vans from 'adding to congestion'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The head of Guernsey Post says he is doing what he can to prevent the new fleet of electric vans from "adding to congestion" on the island's narrow roads.

Many traditional push bike rounds have been replaced by van rounds, as the volume of parcel deliveries goes up and letter numbers fall.

CEO Boley Smillie says they are looking at how often the vehicles have to stop, but that islanders should contact Guernsey Post if they experience any issues.

Electric vans
Guernsey Post

D-day veterans among those to gather at Cenotaph

Alexandra Spiceley

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

People have gathered in St Helier to remember those who were killed in the D-Day landings, 73 years ago today.

The Constable of St Helier, Simon Crowcroft and the Acting Dean of Jersey, Paul Brooks, gave speeches before wreaths were laid at the cenotaph.

D-Day was the largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation started the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and led to the Allied victory on the Western Front.

D-Day Veteran Ken Trent said he was at the service to remember his fellow airmen who died on that day.


When you come here today, it brings it all home to you. How lucky I was to survive, and how great those guys were who didn't make it.

Ken Trent

States Assembly to consider new standards for care workers

Sarah Scriven

News Editor, BBC Jersey

Jersey states will be asked to agree to introduce a series of standards for care workers and their employers today.

Following the controversial decision to cut a substantial part of the funding allocated to Family Nursing and Home Care, Deputy Geoff Southern wants certain standards to be met by all providers.

support worker
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Deputy Southern said he is concerned people will be "forced" to rely on more "private care companies" since the family nursing budget was cut.

He wants certain minimum standards to be made law in the island, for example, basing the time allocated to clients on their needs, not 15 minute slots.

He also wants workers to have a sick pay scheme, so that they do not feel pressured to work when they are ill.

Other standards include details of holiday and pay rights for staff, and how companies follow up the welfare of the people they are looking after. Deputy Southern has called on ministers to back the plan, for the "long term benefit" of elderly people in Jersey.

Unemployment 'at lowest level since 2014' in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Unemployment in Guernsey has fallen to its lowest level since November 2014, according to the latest figures from the States.

There were 337 people without work for the month of May 2017, a decrease of 37 on the previous month and 61 on 2016.

There were also 39 people on training schemes, and eight people registered as unemployed in Alderney.

Jersey's chief economic adviser 'off island'

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

At today's States Assembly sitting in Jersey it was announced that Jersey's chief economic adviser has left the island for family reasons, and is giving advice to Jersey's government from Scotland.

Dougie Peedle left during the Easter holidays to allow his children to start school at the beginning of the summer term.

The chief minister was asked why no announcement had been made about the move or the start of the process to find his replacement.

states assembly

Glastonbury Festival: Terror attacks prompt security review

BBC News England

Music fans going to Glastonbury Festival have been warned by organisers that security checks will be stepped up in light of the terror attacks.

The festival website is also advising people to arrive on Thursday or Friday when queues are expected to be shorter.

"As a general rule, we would ask you to only bring as much as you can carry yourself," it said ahead of the festival, where gates open on 21 June.

Car park entertainment and facilities for early arrivals are also shelved.


Drones 'invasive' in Alderney says politician who shot one down

BBC Radio Guernsey

An Alderney politician is calling for drone users in the Bailiwick to be sensitive about people's privacy and aviation safety.

Steve Roberts, who lives near Alderney Airport, has received a caution from the police in the past for shooting down a drone with a shotgun that he considered to be "a safety risk and a nuisance".

He said users must be aware that drones can be "invasive".

We don't live far from the runway, air safety is paramount. I can see the pluses, it's good for tourism, you get good footage. But you've got to remember that the States here, if they allow too much of it, it will be putting themselves at risk of litigation.

Steve Roberts

Guernsey's Data Protection Commissioner Emma Martins has called for "more specialised laws" to be introduced across the Bailiwick of Guernsey to govern drone usage.

Longue Hougue Recycling Facility open again

Rob England

BBC News Online

Following earlier reports that the facility had closed due to "adverse weather conditions", Longue Hougue recycling centre in St Sampsons has now re-opened.

Concerns over anti-social behaviour at Springfield

Jersey Evening Post

Anti-social behaviour from teenagers drinking, shouting and swearing near Springfield Stadium is becoming an increasing problem, residents have said.

Andrew Gilchrist suffering with 'stress'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Sgt Paul Smith said "concern was building" for missing man Andrew Gilchrist, commonly known as "Titch" by his friends.

Sgt Smith said he had gone missing on occasions before, the last being several months ago.

Sergeant Paul Smith

He said police were aware of circumstances that may have caused Mr Gilchrist "stress" and that he had been suffering from "anxiety" before going missing.

He added this might be the reason why Mr Gilchrist has disappeared - to "seek a bit of quiet for himself".

He added police thought he was still in Jersey, although they were working with very little information and no sightings.

Ozouf 'best person for job' says Jersey chief minister

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Jersey's chief minister has told States members today he re-appointed an assistant minister because "he was the best person for the job".

Senator Ian Gorst said some ministers were unhappy with his choice of Senator Ozouf to lead financial services and the digital economy, but felt it was the "right decision".

The decision was one of those that prompted members to start the process of lodging a vote of no confidence in the States Assembly.

We have a strategic refresh, looking at financial services into the future, looking at the changes in banking, looking at the transformational impact of digital and those two things sit together. Over time others could do this role, but I want the best person for today to start working today. That person, in my view, for the best interests of Jersey and her citizens is Senator Ozouf.

Senator Ian GorstChief Minister, States of Jersey
States entrance

Accountant in alleged $300m tax scam arrested

Jersey Evening Post

A former Jersey accountant who is alleged to have been behind one of Australia’s largest tax scams is believed to have been arrested on the Swiss-Italian border.

Health cards could be considered in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

The introduction of health cards for frequent visitors to the doctor could be considered in a shake up of healthcare provision in Guernsey.

President of the Health and Social Care Committee, Deputy Heidi Soulsby, said it was discussed as a way of ensuring those who could least afford healthcare, had enough support.

Currently, the Committee provides a subsidy of £12 for every consultation.

Doctor and patient
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What we're looking at is how we make sure that people are all working together for the best outcomes for individuals and patient centred outcomes. That is absolutely what we're looking at now and considering those people who are, for want of a better phrase 'heavy users'. Do we have regular user card which has a maximum people have to pay?

Deputy Heidi SoulsbyPresident, Health and Social Care Committee

Hospital debate delayed after 'last minute' advice

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

The decision to delay a debate on funding Jersey's new hospital was made following last minute advice from an expert in the international debt markets.

The treasury minister pulled the debate a fortnight ago, but said his preferred option was the one put forward last year to borrow over a 40-year period through issuing government bonds.

His Assistant Minister, Constable John Refault, confirmed a last minute meeting was held between ministers, treasury officials and a third party.

The treasury advisers are now looking at an alternative plan for a shorter period of borrowing.

Artist's impression of new hospital
States of Jersey

Institute of Directors asks States to stop "infighting"

BBC Radio Jersey

There are calls for Jersey's government to focus on the issues that matter to the island's economy rather than be distracted by "infighting".

The Institute of Directors (IOD), an organisation that represents business leaders, is worried the island's economy and reputation will suffer if some States members continue to criticise Senator Ian Gorst's leadership.

Chris Clark, chairman of the Jersey branch of the IOD, said the States needs to get its "priorities" right.

We need to be thinking about our reputation both locally and internationally, externally. Petty fighting isn't helpful for the island, we need to have a stable island with a stable system of government which is not changing policy, not introducing charges left, right and centre.

Chris ClarkChairman, Jersey Institute of Directors

Debris from winds cause road 'hazards'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey's honorary police are advising islanders to take extra care on the roads today, after branches and vegetation was blown on the roads.

Hugh Raymond, the head of the honorary police, said as well as branches, and trees coming down, they've also seen bins and garden furniture blown into roads.

The fire department has advised people to secure any loose garden items.

It [the storm] has taken some of the bigger arms off the trees, they've already gone, but what we've got is debris left on the roads. Be careful."

Hugh RaymondPresident, Honorary Police Association

Police firearms training at La Collette

Rob England

BBC News Online

London attack: Minute's silence

BBC Local Live is joining in the national minute’s silence being held today at 11:00 for the victims of the London terror attack on Saturday night.

Police renew appeal for Andrew Gilchrist

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police in Jersey have renewed their appeal for any information on the whereabouts of 49-year-old Andrew Gilchrist, who was last seen in the early hours of 31 May around St Helier.

Officers said Andrew was "not in any trouble with police" and that they were "concerned" for his welfare.

Mr Gilchrist is described as 5ft 4”, white, of medium build with short white hair and a Scottish accent.

He was last seen wearing a blue Adidas sports zip-up top with white stripes down the sleeves, blue jeans, and a khaki baseball cap, he may or may not be carrying a rucksack, police said.

He is understood to be working the "building trade", according to police.

Andrew Gilchrist
States of Jersey Police

More laws to govern drone use 'needed' in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Questions are being raised in Guernsey about whether current laws are able to effectively govern the use of drones in the Channel Islands.

Currently there is a general law covering what happens when information is collected about people such as pictures of individuals, information about their appearance, their car or their house.

Guernsey's Data Protection Commissioner Emma Martins said more "specialised laws" might be needed in the future.


High winds warning, trees down and structures damaged in stormy conditions

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey's fire service has asked islanders to check their properties and businesses and secure anything likely to be damaged in the strong winds.

Overnight, fire crews received calls about "unattended marquees" and "insufficiently secure gazebos" that were blown over and presented a "hazard" to the public.

The service added that a number of trees also came down in the night, but these were dealt with by the Department of Infrastructure.

An orange warning has been put in place for gale force winds by Jersey Met.

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£3.5m needed for a new incinerator

Jersey Evening Post

About £3.5m is needed by the Infrastructure Department to fund the construction of a new clinical-waste incinerator, it has been revealed.

London attack: Jersey woman hid in bar cellar for two hours

BBC Radio Jersey

A woman from Jersey close to the terror attack in London on Saturday evening said the experience was "surreal" and like "something out of a movie".

Seven people were killed and 48 injured in the attack.

Candice Miller, who now lives in London, was out having a drink with her boyfriend and friend when they were urged to hide in the cellar of a bar for two hours.

When it started out it was quite a light atmosphere, everyone was just chatting and it was quite relaxed. But then later on they ended up dimming the light and telling people to turn their phones off. At that point I was like, 'oh, this is getting quite serious'.

Candice Miller
Met Police
Attackers Khuram Butt (left) who was known to police and the security service and Rachid Redouane

Latest developments: The Metropolitan Police have defended a decision to downgrade an inquiry into one of the men who carried out Saturday night's terror attack.

They said Pakistan-born Khuram Butt, 27, of Barking, London, was known to police and MI5 in 2015, but there had been no evidence of a plot.

The two other perpetrators were not known to security services.

All 12 people arrested on Sunday after the London attack have now been released without charge.

Summer storm brings gale force winds

Guernsey Press

A summer storm is hitting the islands bringing gale force winds in some coastal areas.

Guernsey's Longue Hougue closed due to weather

Rob England

BBC News Online

Longue Hougue recycling centre is currently closed due to "adverse weather conditions", Waste and Recycling has said.

It's hoped the centre will reopen later this morning.

Longue Hougue
States of Guernsey

Sunshine and showers with gales likely

BBC Weather

Today will be a day of sunshine and showers.

The showers will be often heavy, with the risk of hail and thunder, and it will be windy, with gales likely.

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

In Jersey:


And in Guernsey:


Sailing disruptions across the Channel Islands

Rob England

BBC News Online

There are disruptions across the islands today due to the adverse weather conditions.

Ports of Jersey:

  • The Goodwill service due at 06:00 is delayed
  • The Condor Rapide due at 08:20 is delayed until 14:20
  • All other Condor, Granville and Clipper services have been cancelled

Ports of Guernsey:

  • The only services due in are the Valiant travelling from Alderney to Poole due at 14:00 and the Commodore Clipper from Portsmouth, due at 16:00, all other shipping has been cancelled

Services to Sark have also been cancelled

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Trees down and structures made 'unsafe' by high winds

Rob England

BBC News Online

Emergency services were called to "unsafe structures" last night after stormy conditions battered the island.

Jersey Coastguard has issued a warning this morning of strong winds.

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Storm damages scaffolding at school

BBC Radio Guernsey

Emergency services have confirmed the stormy weather brought down some scaffolding at Beaucamps School.

No-one was injured and the emergency services were not called to the site.

Two trees also came down at the school, but have been cleared.

Gale force nine wind speeds swept across the Channel Islands last night and reached around 56 mph at times.

London attack: One-minute silence being held across the islands

Rob England

BBC News Online

At 11:00 a one-minute silence is being held across the Channel Islands to remember the victims of the London terror attack.

Seven people were killed in central London on Saturday night when three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and launched a knife attack in Borough Market.

London terror attack
The London attack

No confidence vote to go ahead in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

The constable of St John has said Jersey's chief minister has not convinced him to change his mind about lodging a vote of no confidence.

Ian Gorst
States of Jersey

Constable Christopher Taylor met Senator Ian Gorst yesterday, and said the chief minister "stands by" his decisions in recent weeks such as delaying the funding debate for the new hospital, his handling of the much criticised fund for business start ups, and bringing back Senator Philip Ozouf to the Council of Ministers.

Constable Taylor is gathering signatures for a vote of no confidence in the chief minister and said he hopes to have about 25 by this afternoon.

He added that his proposal is signed and ready to be handed in, and hopes it will be debated on 20 June.

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BBC News Online

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