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  1. Brexit 'biggest concern' says Jersey businesses
  2. Guernsey high-rise flats 'designed with fire service'
  3. Airport criticised for poisoning voles and shooting birds
  4. John Lobb and Sarnia Cherie composer honoured on BBC Music Day
  5. No Sark Folk Festival in 2018
  6. Updates on Thursday 15 June

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Childcare processes in Jersey 'need tightening up'

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Childcare processes in Jersey have to be tightened up to avoid more cases of neglect and abuse, that's the view of lawyers hosting a conference on safeguarding in the island today.

Girl railings

In comes in the same week a serious case review was published that showed failings allowed children in a Jersey family to be badly neglected.

The serious case review identified several problems in the social services system for looking after vulnerable children but said some improvements had been made since the case came to light.

Lawyer Barbara Corbett says the island has to learn from the recent case, and others, and make sure its able to act quickly when reports of concern are made.

Guernsey consultation on age discrimination laws

BBC Radio Guernsey

Employers, employees and islanders will be asked about the pros and cons of introducing age discrimination laws as well as other issues around people working for longer.

It is part of an Employment and Social Security Committee consultation looking at ways to tackle problems around an ageing population and the need to keep people working after the current retirement age.

Discussions will include:

  • Continuing to develop the island’s occupational health and wellbeing to support people at work with health conditions and disabilities
  • Promoting flexible working and part time work options
  • Consulting on the possibility of introducing age discrimination legislation
  • Providing information and advice to support people to undertake mid-life reviews to think through where they are with their career, health and finances
  • Working with businesses to help them to take action by providing information on why adapting to an ageing workforce is important

Damaged memorial bench repaired

The £3,000 memorial bench was set up by an 82-year-old Guernsey resident in memory of her late husband.

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Family of poisoned dogs to claim against airport

Guernsey Press

A claim for compensation – which could total thousands of pounds – is set to be made against Guernsey Airport by a family whose dogs were poisoned and who now have to dump dozens of bales of hay for fear of contamination.

Latest weather: Cloudy start, but more sun ahead

BBC Weather

After some evening sunshine it will stay dry tonight, with clear spells developing.

The winds will ease but it will feel cooler than recent nights. Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Weather map

We'll see patchy cloud tomorrow morning, but it will soon give way to warm sunshine into the afternoon. Maximum Temperature: 20C (68F).

Call for airport to 'stop shooting birds'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Conservationists are calling on Guernsey Airport authorities to stop shooting birds after 23 were killed so far this year.

The head of the airport, Colin Le Ray, says the measures prevent birds hitting aircraft and keep people safe.

All of these investments are designs to reduce that risk and ultimately we are trying to keep the public safe. The migratory season are our biggest challenge and we are seeing typically between 12 or 14 bird strikes per month.

Colin Le RayGuernsey Airport

He said they had tried fire crackers, laser to scare them and bating the voles they feed on but sometimes it was necessary to shoot them to protect the public.

Christopher Mourant, the Channel Islands representative of the British Trust for Ornithology, says Guernsey Airport needs to find alternatives.

We don't know how many birds are being killed and it is something we need to know so we can keep an eye on the effect on breeding populations.

Christopher MourantBritish Trust for Ornithology

Quilters sewing for London fire victims

BBC Radio Jersey

Islanders who can sew are being asked to make quilts for the people who have been left without homes or beds as a result of the London fire at Grenfell Tower.

Members of the Jersey Modern Quilt Guild say they were horrified by the fire, and want to do what they can to help.

They are holding a sewing day on Sunday, and have asked for any donations of cotton fabric and wadding to help them.

St Helier subject of first apptivism consultation

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey is working with Digital Jersey and London startup apptivism to make it easier for people to take part in government consultations.

The new Facebook messenger based app will allow people to share their thoughts on a range of issues and the first one will be looking at environment and community in Jersey's capital, St Helier.

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Plaque remembers inspiring musical family

Sign thieves strike again

Jersey Evening Post

The States police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the letter ‘L’ being removed from The Loving Chair Company’s shop sign to get in touch.

Consultation on working into retirement

BBC Radio Guernsey

The States of Guernsey has launched a consultation to find out ways they could help people stay in work beyond the usual retirement age to help tackle the issues of an ageing population.

Called Longer Working Lives, the project will eventually lead to proposals for politicians to vote on including ways older people can be better supported in the workplace.

Deputy Shane Langlois

The workforce is ageing and we as an island need to adapt. Not only do we have older people in the population than in previous years but the State Pension Age is increasing to reflect rises in life expectancy.

Deputy Shane LangloisPresident, Committee for Employment and Social Security

Search for companies to take space in St Martin

BBC Radio Jersey

The parish of St Martin in Jersey has put a call out for companies to take on spaces in its new community centre.

They are looking for shops, doctors, dentists and others to operate in the old parish primary school building.

Parishioners voted in favour of turning the old school into a community centre but said it shouldn't be a financial burden on the parish. That's the reason they are hoping to lease space to companies.

St Martin school building
St Martin

Case 'not made' for FAB link on green belt land

BBC Radio Guernsey

The case for including facilities for tidal energy and the France Alderney Britain (FAB) cable link in a green belt area of Alderney haven't been made, says the Alderney planning officer.

John Young was speaking as the draft 2017 Island Land Use Plan goes out to consultation.

Mr Young says the people behind the two projects will have to make submissions to an independent planning inspector this September if they want change to the plan and be allowed to use the green belt land.

FAB link plan

GB debut on the cards for Chalmers

BBC Sport

Cameron Chalmers has been named as part of the 4x400m relay squad in Great Britain's team for the European Athletics Team Championships in Lille.

The Guernsey runner, who finished second at the UK Indoor Championships in March, has been named in the 56-strong squad for the event held a week before the Island Games.

Chalmers is aiming to get three gold medals at the Games in Gotland.

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Engine fault delays Liberation sailing to Poole

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A fault with Condor Liberation's port main engine means it will have to sail on reduced service for the rest of today, the firm has said.

The issue was discovered en route to Guernsey this afternoon.

While it is only due to leave Guernsey five minutes later than scheduled at 15:45 is due to arrive in Poole an hour and five minutes later than planned at 19:45.

Condor Liberation
Jonathan Le Ray

Plaque unveiled to honour festival choir director

BBC Music

A plaque honouring the founder of the Jersey Festival Choir has been unveiled at the St Helier Methodist Centre to mark BBC Music Day.

John Lobb founded the choir in Jersey in 1955 and it is still led by members of his family today.

John Lobb
Jersey Methodist Centre

It is one of 47 plaques being unveiled across the British Isles to mark BBC Music Day that honour people who have made a strong contribution to local music.

The Jersey Festival Choir has rehearsed and performed at the St Helier Methodist centre for more than 60 years.

Latest weather: Dry with clear spells

BBC Weather

It'll be a nice end to the day with warn sunshine across the islands.

Overnight it will stay dry, with some clear spells. The winds will ease though. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).


Jersey weather


Guernsey weather

Cycling challenge raises £100,000 for Les Bourgs

Guernsey Press

This year’s tenth Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop 30 Rides in 30 Days Challenge has raised £100,000 for Les Bourgs Hospice.

Temporary traffic lights at Charroterie

BBC News Travel

Temporary traffic lights will be in place in the Charroterie in Guernsey to repair a section of road which is breaking up.

Delays are expected.

Jersey car boot sales to raise money for fire victims

BBC Radio Jersey

Two women in Jersey are aiming to raise funds for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire by holding car boot sales on Saturday and Sunday.

The Millbrook and Corbiere car boot sales have given Natalie Purdie and Kerry Torpy free pitches.

Kerry says they're hoping to collect donations from people in Jersey to raise money for those affected by the fire in West London.

Grenfell Fire

Plaque unveiled in honour of Sarnia Cherie composer

BBC Music

The composer of Guernsey's adopted national anthem, Sarnia Cherie, has been honoured with a blue plaque as part of BBC Music Day.

Guernsey's Bailiff Sir Richard Collas unveiling a plaque

Forty-seven blue plaques are being unveiled across the British Isles with musicians nominated by BBC Local Radio stations.

In Guernsey, the BBC team nominated Domenico Eusanio Santangelo who was born in Italy in 1882 and died in 1970. He helped set-up the Guernsey Music Society and was a supporter of the Eisteddfod.

Bailiff Sir Richard Collas unveiled the plaque on the side of the former home of Santangelo - a house called Nikita in Elm Grove, St Peter Port.


Hundreds in island flats with no fire certificate

Jersey Evening Post

Hundreds of people are living in flats in Jersey which have not been passed as meeting modern fire safety regulations, it has emerged, a day after a deadly blaze ripped through a London tower block.

Clinton Pringle trial: Police analyse CCTV again

Tania Targett

BBC Radio Jersey

As the trial of a 39-year-old woman accused of fatally running a child over last summer continued the court heard that police officers have analysed the CCTV footage again overnight.

A chronological table was prepared by the senior investigating officer into the collision after hearing defence advocate Matthew Jowitt's cross examination of a police expert yesterday.

Clinton Pringle
Pringle Family

Rebekah Le Gal denies a charge of causing the death of three-year-old Clinton Pringle by dangerous driving last June.

The defence contended that 16 seconds passed between the defendant's texting and the collision.

The court heard from a CCTV expert, who explained that while there is a 44 second gap in the clock on the footage there was actually no break in the footage and no images could have been lost.

Human factors expert Dr Alex Stedmon told the court on cross examination, that a person who had sent a text could return their attention to driving in approximately 1.6 seconds.

The trial continues.

St Luke's School to reopen tomorrow

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

St Luke's School in Jersey will reopen tomorrow after closing due to problems with the toilets.

All of the school toilets are out of order today after problems with the water system including sewage coming out of the toilets.

The school says those issues have now been fixed.

Channel swimmer completes swim

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's 27th English Channel swimmer has completed her swim.

Twenty-five-year-old Bianca Kempster finished the swim yesterday in 20 hours one-minute and 35 seconds.

Library donation from Sarah Groves Foundation

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Sarah Groves Foundation which was set-up in memory of the Guernsey woman who was murdered in India seven years ago, is to donate £50,000 to the children's library redevelopment at Guille-Alles.

The library is trying to raise £120,000 for the redevelopment of two children's rooms in the listed building in St Peter Port.

The money from the foundation will join other donations from the Skipton Swimarathon and individuals to allow the library to create "safe spaces" for young people to read and learn.

The cost of the development includes working on a listed building and the creation of modern rooms including a number of small "cubby holes" for children to hide and read in.

The donation will pay for the larger of two rooms which will be renamed the "Sarah Groves Room".

Sarah Groves
Groves family

Treasurer jailed for stealing £250,000 from war veterans charities

Jersey Evening Post

A man who defrauded two organisations for Armed Forces veterans out of more than £250,000 has been jailed for four and a half years by the Royal Court.

Sark Folk Festival organisers 'need a rest'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The organisers of the Sark Folk Festival say the event will not take place in 2018 because "they all need a rest" after running it for seven years.

The event, which sees the population of the tiny island more than double every summer was first launched in 2010 and has run every year since.

Sark Folk Festival

We have all put an awful lot of time into it. Our families are very supportive but it is about time we take a year off, take a break and get our energy levels back up.

Jessica NashSark Folk Festival organiser

Afternoon weather: It's going to get warmer

BBC Weather

Sunny spells are going to be developing this afternoon as the cloud breaks.

It will be breezier than yesterday though, and it'll feel fresher too. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

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Jersey high-rise standards 'ahead of the UK'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's fire service says the island is ahead of the UK when it comes to building standards for high-rise blocks.

Speaking after yesterday's fire in London, station commander Mark Le Cornu said Jersey law is tighter when it comes to installing sprinklers and other safety equipment.

He said the island would adopt any safety recommendations that are made after the Grenfell Tower fire - but the island already has high standards.

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Airport criticised for poisoning voles and shooting birds

BBC Radio Guernsey

Bird strikes are something that happens at most airports and whilst they are mostly problems without incident, sometimes they lead to serious issues.

Guernsey Airport operates a number of measures to try to get birds off the flight path such as eliminating the voles which they prey on with poison and even shooting birds of prey near the airfield during take off and landing.

General manager of Guernsey Airport Colin Le Ray says dealing with birds is costly business and culling birds is a last resort.

Channel Islands representative of the British Trust for Ornithology, Christopher Mourant said Guernsey Airport needs to find alternatives to culling birds or using poison on voles which can in turn harm the birds.


We had a meeting to discuss the way forward as they were shooting birds on the airfield. Studies have proven if you shoot birds in an area other birds come into the area.

Christopher MourantBritish Trust for Ornithology

Jersey will be ‘fully represented’ in Brexit talks

Jersey Evening Post

The External Relations Minister has said that Jersey’s best interests will be "fully represented" during Brexit negotiations – despite the sacking of the MP with responsibility for the Channel Islands’ links to the UK government.

It was a record breaking scorcher in Jersey yesterday

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey athletes have official send off

BBC Sport

Guernsey's Island Games team gathered at Beau Sejour last night for the official send off ahead of the games in Gotland.

The Bailiff, Sir Richard Collas wished the athletes good luck. He'll be travelling with the team as one of their star supporters.

Games director, Jon Marley, says the get together, with everyone in their kits, really helps to increase the excitement.

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Human skull dug up in Alderney could be Roman

Guernsey Press

A human skull found by workmen digging a trench for water and electricity cables in Alderney at Longis could date back to Roman times.

No Sark Folk Festival in 2018

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

There'll be no Sark Folk Festival in 2018.

Organisers told the BBC they have decided to take a year off for personal reasons and wanted to give the festival some breathing space.

They added they hope to return in 2019, but can't guarantee it at the moment. It will be the first time the festival hasn't taken place since it started in 2010.

Sark Folk Festival

A lot has happened over the last eight years, and the committee feels that now is a good time to have a break and take stock of what we have.

Sark Folk Festival committee

Clinton Pringle trial: Text message timeline challenged

Tania Targett

BBC Radio Jersey

Yesterday the advocate representing Rebekah Le Gal, 39, who is accused of killing Clinton Pringle by dangerous driving in 2016, challenged the timeline of mobile phone use set out by the prosecution.

Rebekah Le Gal

Defence advocate Matthew Jowitt challenged the timeline of when the collision occurred in relation to when Mrs Le Gal sent a text to her son as part of his cross examination of DC Robert Manners.

He claimed that correlating the time of call and footage showed Mrs Le Gal sent the text to her son 16 seconds before Clinton was seen running on the CCTV footage.

Advocate Jowitt suggested that was sufficient time for her to have turned her attention back to driving.

But DC Manners said he could not be confident about the timings the defence suggested. This was because there was a portion of CCTV footage where the camera had froze.

The trial continues today.

Sarnia Cherie composer honoured on BBC Music Day

BBC Music

The composer of Guernsey's adopted national anthem, Sarnia Cherie, is set to be honoured by a blue plaque today as part of BBC Music Day.

Domenico Eusanio Santangelo who was born in 1882 in Italy and died in 1970 in Guernsey helped set up the Guernsey Music Society and was a supporter of the Eisteddfod in the island.

Blue Placque

Sarnia Cherie reminds most here of times past, of the collective (stoical) island spirit during the war, of people no longer with us and of the essence that is the beautiful Channel Island of Guernsey.

Robert WallaceEditor, BBC Radio Guernsey

Jersey Reds to play pre-season friendly in France

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds will play their first pre-season friendly before the start of the Rugby Championship against French second-tier side Vannes in Arzon on 5 August.

Jersey Rugby
Rich Chapman