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Summary

  1. Call to merge Guernsey's fire and ambulance services
  2. Leading businessman guilty of sex assaults
  3. Increased airport security after Jersey airfield breach
  4. Jersey hospital inquiry will 'cut to the chase'
  5. Jersey customs 'working with France to stop illegal immigrants'
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for the day.

We'll be back on Friday from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 22:30. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Aurigny staff congratulated by States

BBC Radio Guernsey

The States of Alderney is congratulating Aurigny staff on doing a good job under difficult circumstances.

The island's most senior politician James Dent has commended efforts of Aurigny staff, not just over the past few weeks but ever since the Trislander to Dornier aircraft transition began.

He says locally the staff are held in high regard with the vast majority of residents and visitors understand they are doing their best to minimise disruption to services.

Businessman guilty of sex assaults

BBC Channel Islands News

A leading Jersey businessman has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a young girl.

Mark Loane, 48, from St Helier set up IT consultancy C5 Alliance - now one of the biggest digital companies in the island.

Loane indecently assaulted the girl on repeated occasions.

He was convicted at the Royal Court at the end of a four-day trial and will be sentenced at a later date.

Mark Loane
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'River’ of rain floods Moulin Huet Tea Room

Guernsey Press

A "river" of water flowed through the Moulin Huet Tea Room during Tuesday’s deluge, the lease-holders said, as they spent the day yesterday cleaning and clearing up.

Minister hopes agreement can be reached over hospital deals

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Health Minister hopes the States can come to an agreement with the owners of properties in Kensington Place.

A number of shops and hotels will need to be demolished to make room for the new hospital building.

Jersey Hospital
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Three of the six owners affected by the plans for Kensington Place do not support the planning application.

Their properties would need to be knocked down to make way for the £466m development, which ministers hope will be open by 2025.

Senator Andrew Green says he hopes they won't have to use compulsory purchase orders to acquire the properties but hasn't ruled it out.

Jersey sailor takes out second place

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey offshore sailor Phil Sharp has come second in a race from Les Sables in France to the Azores and back.

With an overall race time of 11 days, 8 hours, 41 minutes and 40 seconds he was just 13 minutes and 5 seconds behind first place.

Sharp's boat Imerys came home as runner up for both legs travelling at an average speed of over 10 knots across a distance of almost 3,000 nautical miles.

The result sees the Jersey skipper maintain 1st place in this year's Class 40 Championship.

Mark Loane repeatedly assaulted girl

BBC Channel Islands News

A 48 year-old Jersey man has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a young girl.

Mark Loane from St. Helier was convicted at the Royal Court. Today's unanimous guilty verdict follows a trial which started on Monday.

The jury heard 48-year-old Loane indecently assaulted the girl on repeated occasions.

The six counts of indecent assault were a sample of the actual number of alleged attacks, and the counts were limited to six, to prevent the case from being "unwieldy".

Mark Loane
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The court heard the victim confronted Loane about the sexual abuse, recording the encounter on her mobile phone without him knowing. The prosecution said he'd "admitted to looking inappropriately" at her "on occasion".

When the verdicts were read out, Commissioner Julian Clyde Smith said: "These are serious offences for which a custodial sentence is inevitable."

From today Loane has been added to the sex offenders register and has been remanded in custody until 28 July when he will be given a date for sentencing.

Priaulx leads Ginetta Championship after appeal

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Racer Sebastian Priaulx, son of triple World Touring Car champion Andy, leads the Ginetta Junior Championship after a successful appeal against a points deduction.

The 16-year-old Guernseyman was docked 70 points for an apparent technical infringement at Thruxton in May, but has had the decision overturned to put him 16 points clear of his nearest rival.

Sebastian Priaulx
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“I’m delighted to have been given back the points we’d earned and heading into the second half of the season in the championship lead is a fantastic boost," Priaulx said.

BreakingMan guilty of sex assault on young girl

BBC Channel Islands News

A man has been found guilty of six counts of indecent assault on a young girl.

Mark Loane from St Helier was found guilty by a unanimous verdict on each count at the Royal Court.

A jury of seven women and five men took just under four hours to reach their verdicts.

Mark Loane
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Small birds 'tough little cookies', expert says

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey bird expert says updating a law to stop people from feeding wildlife shouldn't affect small birds.

There are plans to update the Jersey Nuisance Law to include feeding birds, reptiles, fish and insects if it's disrupting people living nearby.

But Mike Stentiford says smaller birds are able to fend for themselves.

"There are periods in the day where the birds just disappear, and while they're doing that, they're picking up natural food," he says.

"I don't think we need to worry too much about small birds, they're very resilient and tough little cookies and they'll find food wherever they can."

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Guernsey Jews: Their final journey described

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

It's not known how long Jewish people deported from Guernsey survived at Auschwitz.

Their final journey to the death camp, which began 75 years ago today, is however documented by a Holocaust survivor.

Therese Steiner, Auguste Spitz and Marianne Grunfeld died at the camp, possibly in the gas chambers, after they were first deported from Nazi-occupied Guernsey to France, where three months later they were arrested.

Dr Andre Lettich was also on convoy number eight, which left Angers on 20 July 1942, arriving at Auschwitz three days later.

Auschwitz-Birkenau railway entrance
Rob Byrne

We were put in cattle cars, seventy five to eighty per wagon, the windows and doors hermetically sealed. During the journey we suffered terribly from thirst, and were obliged to sacrifice a small corner of the cattle car for calls of nature."

Dr Andre LettichAuschwitz survivor on the same convoy as Guernsey Jews to the camp.

Minister 'a little bit concerned' over tunnel air quality

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's Environment Minister, Deputy Steve Luce, says he is "a little bit concerned" at the air quality in the tunnel but wasn't sure there was much that could be done to improve it short term.

He was commenting after a report found at peak times the pollution levels could be up to seven times higher than nearby Snow Hill.

Deputy Luce says the plan is to educate people about the air quality and suggest alternative routes or ways to minimise exposure.

When asked about tackling the air quality he said: "I'm not sure a ventilation system would work in the tunnel, it is confined tunnel with high traffic levels."

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In the broader scheme of things we are doing things about it, I've been in discussions about encouraging people to buy electric vehicles, we are looking at vehicle emissions duty and ways to reduce pollution generally.

Deputy Steve LuceEnvironment Minister

‘Whole pipeline’ of new tenants for the Jersey International Finance Centre

Jersey Evening Post

New tenants for the Jersey International Finance Centre are expected to ‘come to court’ within the next few weeks, the chairman of the developer has said.

Three Iranian nationals 'landed illegally'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey authorities have confirmed that three Iranian nationals were caught after landing in the island illegally on the north coast.

Someone found lifejackets abandoned at Bonne Nuit Bay earlier this year.

The States said the three Iranians entered the island by "clandestine means". It's understood they came ashore from a boat off Bonne Nuit, and some of their belongings were found there.

The people who found them contacted the police. Shortly afterwards officers were at the Elizabeth terminal when the three tried to get on a ferry for England. They were carrying counterfeit Swedish identity cards.

The officers put them on a boat to France, where its thought they had come from. Since then, customs and police in Jersey are working more closely with the French authorities to prevent similar cases. There have been no reported incidents in recent months.

'More money needed for data protection'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey needs to invest more money in data protection if it's to be taken seriously as a well regulated jurisdiction, according to a new report from the data protection commissioner.

Emma Martin's role is shared with Guernsey and she's concerned that neither island has invested enough resources.

She said Jersey and Guernsey are at a turning point for data protection because she believes the states aren't committing enough resources to address the issue. Her department is working on new laws, as well as investigating cases where there may have been a breach of existing rules.

She is also trying to make it as independent from the States as possible, but if the island wants to be considered as an attractive, well regulated jurisdiction, she says there needs to be a clear idea of how the service will be used and funded in the future.

Dry and sunny afternoon

BBC Weather

For most it will be a dry afternoon with spells of sunshine and just the slight risk of an isolated shower. It will also feel fresher than Wednesday for most. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

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Calls for Alderney house for students studying in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

There are calls for a dedicated house for Alderney sixth-form students who are studying in Guernsey.

The idea was debated as five members of Guernsey's education committee held a parent engagement meeting in Alderney last night.

Alderney States member Alex Snowdon said: "It would be absolutely fantastic. It would go on for generations, if you could set up a Alderney house for students in Guernsey to carry on further education."

Nuisance law change aimed at 'stopping seagull feeding'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Environmental Health team says changes to a nuisance law aren't designed to stop people from feeding birds completely.

Updates to the nuisance law are aimed at stopping seagulls and pigeons from causing problems in neighbourhoods because of the type of food being left out for wildlife.

Stewart Petrie, the Director of Environmental Health, says there has been an increasing number of complaints about nuisance birds.

Seagull
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'Don't be too concerned' by tunnel pollution

BBC Radio Jersey

People shouldn't be too concerned by a report that found the air quality in the Jersey tunnel was "poor" as they aren't inside for more than a few minutes according to the assistant director of environmental health.

The States advised drivers to keep windows closed and cyclists to go through as quickly as possible after it was found the pollution level at peak time was seven times higher than nearby Snow Hill.

Caroline Mafiais says: "The amount of time we spend in the tunnel is limited, for the average person it takes about three minutes to walk through. Snow Hill is less polluted and adds about five minutes to a journey."

Airfield breach: 'No passengers were at risk'

BBC Radio Jersey

Security's been tightened at Jersey Airport after someone managed to break into a restricted area.

The individual was spotted by security within seconds of the break-in on the 16 June.

They had their bag searched, and were questioned but then released.

Ports of Jersey say at no time was the security of commercial aircraft or passengers at risk. The person was not arrested.

Public inquiry into Jersey's new hospital 'the right thing to do'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's planning minister says calling a public inquiry into plans for the island's new hospital is the right thing to do.

Jersey hospital plans
States of Jersey

Deputy Steve Luce has decided to get the public's opinion on the £466m project which involves knocking down hotels and shops in Kensington Place.

The inquiry will look at whether it will be the right project for Jersey. Deputy Luce says it's important to get it right from the beginning.

When the plans were unveiled in June, Health Minister, Senator Andrew Green said they had taken a full public inquiry into account when working out the timescale.

The hospital is expected to be open by 2025 with work expected to start in 2019.

Guernsey Jews: What happened?

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Auschwitz gates
BBC

Today is the 75th anniversary of the final deportation three Jewish women, who were forced from Nazi-occupied Guernsey, to France, and then to Auschwitz, where they died.

Their story is well known, but what was the fate of the other Jews in occupied Guernsey?

The BBC revealed earlier this year that Miriam Jay, who changed her name from the Jewish-sounding Jacobs, survived the war by hiding her religion in Guernsey.

Elda Brouard and Elisabet Duquemin, along with her 18-month-old daughter and non-Jewish husband, also survived the war. They were sent to France and Germany in 1943, ending up in a civilian internment camp in Biberach.

Annie Wranowsky, who lived in Sark, denied she was a Jew despite what her German passport said and was on the list of those due to be deported in February 1943, but was excused for unknown reasons.

However, Therese Steiner, Auguste Spitz and Marianne Grunfeld weren't so lucky.

They were deported from Guernsey to St Malo in April 1942 amid little protest, before being arrested in Laval three months later.

They began their rail journey from Angers to Auschwitz 75 years ago today.

Should Guernsey's fire and ambulance services be merged?

BBC Radio Guernsey

Deputy Peter Roffey has called on the States to consider merging the fire and ambulance service after a report suggested it could save the island £600,000 per year.

The majority of comments on BBC Radio Guernsey's Facebook post are opposed to the move, including Edwin Parks who casts doubt on whether the government could organise it properly.

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Guernsey bus passenger rise 'due to better reliability'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The continuity and reliability of the bus service has led to the increase in passenger numbers according to the environment committee president, Deputy Barry Brehaut.

Figures were released for the service for the first half of 2017 showing usage was up by more than 10% compared with the same period last year.

In total, 816,914 passengers used the service between January and the end of June this year.

Deputy Brehaut said they had given the money the service needed and as a result numbers had "picked up".

"If a bus is always there when you want one, they are reliable, then you will use it."

Deputy Barry Brehaut
BBC

Dogs needed by Pets As Therapy charity

BBC Radio Guernsey

Hospital inquiry will 'cut to the chase'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's planning minister wants to "cut to the chase" over the plans for the new hospital in St Helier by holding a public inquiry into the £466m project.

Hospital
States of Jersey

Deputy Steve Luce says the inquiry will cost about £20,000 and hopes to be able to make a decision over the outline planning application by the end of 2017.

He says islanders should have the opportunity to express an opinion on what will be the biggest capital project the island has ever undertaken.

Instead of using the traditional approach of asking a planning committee to make a decision first, and then holding a public inquiry if they feel it is needed, he wants to go straight in with the inquiry.

David Gainsborough-Roberts funeral 'a celebration of life'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The funeral of "Jersey character" and Marilyn Monroe collector David Gainsborough-Roberts was held in St Brelade on Wednesday afternoon.

David Gainsborough-Roberts
BBC

It featured his famous Stetson hat on the coffin and a Marilyn Monroe lookalike among the mourners.

The funeral started with the song from the film The Good the Bad and the Ugly and mourners sung The Kinks song Dedicated Follower of Fashion as Mr Gainsborough-Roberts' coffin was taken out of the church.

Marilyn Monroe lookalike
BBC

Mr Gainsborough-Roberts was famous for his multimillion-pound collection of 20th Century memorabilia including items owned by Marilyn Monroe, Billy the Kid and more. He sold the collection earlier this year to raise money for charity.

Murray Norton, a close friend of Mr Gainsborough-Roberts said he was a "ray of sunshine" and a good friend to everyone he met.

Coffin
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Downpour accounts for nearly a quarter of monthly average

Guernsey Press

Almost a quarter of a month’s rainfall poured down over Guernsey within just half-an-hour yesterday afternoon.

Travel news: Tree down in Guernsey

BBC News Travel

Anniversary of Guernsey Jews' final journey

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Star of David worn by Jews in Nazi occupied France
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The Star of David worn by Jews in Nazi occupied France

Seventy-five years ago today, three Jewish women deported from occupied Guernsey began their final journey to Auschwitz.

Therese Steiner, Auguste Spitz and Marianne Grunfeld were rounded up as part of the first mass deportation of Jews from Nazi occupied France, during which more than 13,000 were arrested by French police on 16 and 17 July 1942. About 4,000 were children. The French government officially marked the event on Sunday.

The role played by Guernsey's functioning wartime cabinet in allowing the initial deportation from Guernsey to France has since been questioned.

Steiner, Spitz and Grunfeld had been in France for around three months, living in a hospice run by nuns in Laval, a town in the west of the country.

They had to wear a yellow star to identify themselves as Jews, and were later arrested on 15 July 1942.

They were then transported to Auschwitz on 20 July from Angers to Drancy, on the outskirts of Paris, and then to Poland in a train journey that took three days.

On arrival at the death camp, it's not known how long the Guernsey Jews survived.

Research by Jersey historian Freddie Cohen shows that of the 390 women who travelled in the Guernsey Jews' convoy, none survived.

Companies to pay for 'registered' staff

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Companies in Jersey who take on staff that haven't been in the island for at least five years will have to pay a £50 fee for the licence, according to the States.

States
BBC

Politicians approved new charges for employing registered staff yesterday during the final States debate before the summer break.

Companies will have to pay the fee annually for every registered member of staff. Registered staff are those who haven't been in the island for five years.

Deputy Murray Norton, Assistant Minister at economic development, said it would help the government control the population.

Guernsey 2021 logo 'will change and adapt'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The logo for the 2021 Island Games being held in Guernsey is likely to "change and adapt" according to the head of communications for the event.

Guernsey 2021
Guernsey Island Games Association

Amanda Hibbs from the Guernsey Island Games Committee said it was released early to get feedback and comments.

She said one of the main changes to the logo would be the incorporation of the sponsors name when the new main sponsor comes on-board.

The logo was heavily criticised on the BBC Radio Guernsey Facebook page when it was first revealed, with many saying it looked more like 20211 than 2021.

Increased security after airfield breach

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

There is increased security in place around Jersey Airport after someone managed to break through the boundary security fence and get on to the airfield, Ports of Jersey has confirmed.

They were stopped by security staff on 16 June after being spotted on the airfield by airport staff watching CCTV footage.

Jersey Airport
Jersey Airport

The person hasn't been named and Ports of Jersey has not said whether it was a man or woman or where they got on to the airfield.

The company says at no time was the security of commercial aircraft or passengers at risk.

The person was stopped within seconds of breaking in, had their bag searched and was questioned, but not arrested, it added.

Sunny spells and feeling fresher

BBC Weather

It'll be a dry day with sunny spells across the islands.

It will feel fresher than Wednesday for most. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

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Call to merge Guernsey's fire and ambulance services

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey deputy has called on the States to merge the fire and ambulance services after a report suggested it could save the government £600,000 per year.

Fire and Ambulance
BBC

Deputy Peter Roffey lodged a formal question for Home Affairs and Health and Social Care in response to the PricewaterhouseCoopers report commissioned by the Policy and Resource Committee.

He is asking them whether they are open to exploring the change.

He says the States need to grasp every opportunity to save money and this would go a long way to helping reach the annual £27m saving target.

Health and Social Care says it has asked for further information but in broad terms is prepared to consider the change.

Jet ski crash victim 'optimistic'

Jersey Evening Post

A lawyer who nearly lost a leg in a jet ski accident in St Brelade’s Bay says he is "on top of the pain" and is feeling "more optimistic".

Jersey customs 'working with France to stop illegal immigrants'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey customs says it is working closely with colleagues in France to prevent illegal immigrants using the island as a way to get into the UK.

Customs sign
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It comes after officers say three Iranians got on to the island by what they describe as "clandestine means" earlier this year.

The immigrants had counterfeit Swedish identity cards and were intending to travel on to the mainland.

They were picked up by the Jersey authorities and sent back to France.

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BBC News Online

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