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Summary

  1. Tributes paid to Guernsey couple killed in crash
  2. Police inquiry continues after man's body found in Guernsey harbour
  3. Jersey abuse victims 'ask for help' after care inquiry report
  4. Updates for Monday 24 July 2017

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Rob Byrne

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

We'll be back on Tuesday 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.

'Common sense' drone policy needed in CIs

BBC Radio Guernsey

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The Director of Civil Aviation for the Channel Islands has said they'll be keeping a close eye on developments in the UK over regulations governing drones.

The government announced the introduction of a registration system for drones amid growing concern about the dangers they pose to aircraft.

Under the new rules, owners will have to attend safety awareness courses.

Gus Paterson believes this will be difficult to enforce and he would like to see a "common sense" approach adopted locally.

I think that going after the vehicle itself, the drone itself, particularly as they get smaller, as they proliferate, is just going to be more and more difficult, and it's unlikely that would be the approach we follow in the Channel Islands."

Gus PatersonDirector of Civil Aviation for the Channel Islands

Long waits for mental health patients

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's mental health services are expecting to see even more patients this year than in 2016, when consultants saw more than 1,700 people.

Acting head Dr Cheryl Power said the number is expected to be higher again in 2017.

Demand for the service has meant those suffering trauma from childhood abuse have had to wait four weeks for an assessment, and up to 18 weeks for any treatment.

Reds make 'significant' budget cuts

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds chairman Mark Morgan says the Championship side has had to lose a "significant chunk" of its playing budget to cut costs.

Last season's British & Irish Cup runners-up sold its assets for £1.5m in November to see out the campaign.

Mark Morgan (right)
Sue Armes

"The biggest expense we have is the playing squad, so we have taken money out of that," Morgan told BBC Radio Jersey.

"Just remember what happened to London Welsh, and have a look back over the past few seasons at the problems other clubs have had."

Jersey on brink of cricket defeat

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Under-19s are on the brink of defeat in their opening match of qualifying for next year's cricket World Cup.

Playing against Ireland, Jersey bowled well and restricted their opponents to 200-9 at Farmers.

Jersey
ICC/Ian Jacobs

However, they have struggled with the bat, and are 123-9 with 12 overs remaining, needing a big turnaround to get something from the game.

Children's Services to undergo independent inspections

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey's Children’s Services are to undergo independent inspections, following a recommendation by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

Weather update: Dry and clear overnight

BBC Weather

Tonight will be dry with clear spells for most, although there may be some patchy cloud over higher ground leading to some hill fog.

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Watch Guernsey's Alastair Chalmers win Commonwealth Gold

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Credit: Chris Chalmers.

Fire and Ambulance merger question responses

Two Guernsey committees have responded to questions about a potential identified saving of £600,000 a year achieved through merging the fire and ambulance services.

The Health and Social Care Committee said the idea was considered in a report that went to the States in February 2016 and was not considered appropriate then.

It said the group behind that report found "a number [of] potential risks" and cautioned against Guernsey pioneering an integrated service invovling "disproportionate effort and cost".

The committee did say it would consider the changes if "there be sufficient evidence to indicate that such a change would be financially beneficial and deliverable in a way which would not adversely impact service delivery or impose substantial risk".

The Home Affairs Committee said it "would welcome further discussion with [the health] committee in relation to any such review if it was considered to be of merit".

It said the figure of £600,000 did not take into account some of the risks involved and the estimate £6.1m investment needed for a merger.

Body found near harbour 'not treated as suspicious'

The body recovered from the water in St Peter Port Harbour on Sunday is "not being treated as suspicious at this stage" said a police spokesman.

He said: "A post mortem was carried out today and formal identification is scheduled to take place tomorrow afternoon."

Water filters added to list of recyclables

Guernsey Press

Brita water filters are the latest item to become recyclable after an islander appealed to the company to help with stopping the filters going to landfill.

Midwives decision could come on Friday

BBC Radio Guernsey

Sign at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital
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Three midwives accused of blunders in the deaths of two babies on a scandal-hit maternity ward are expected to hear their fates at the end of the week.

The death of one child in Guernsey might have been prevented if another fatality two years before had been properly investigated, the Nursing and Midwifery Council has heard.

Lisa Granville, Antonia Manousaki and Tuija Roussel have admitted some charges while denying others.

The midwives were working on the Loveridge Ward at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital and followed a culture described as "The Guernsey Way".

Michael Coleman, panel chair for the NMC, said: "Come what may we will reconvene on Friday morning at the earliest and we will let you know what position we are in to hand down facts."

Crash driver closed his eyes 'because he was tired'

Jersey Evening Post

A 68-year-old man has been fined £700 after closing his eyes ‘for a split second’ because he was tried – and crashing into two cars.

Respect both education options, says education member

James Rabey

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey Deputy is calling on the States to give equal consideration to both options when it comes to picking a new school model.

The options have been narrowed down to just two proposals from an original six, but Deputy David De Lisle from the Education, Sport and Culture Committee thinks there needs to be proper debate on option 2.

Option 1 includes three high school sites, and the island's grammar school moving to over sixteens only.

The more costly option 2 involves retaining 11-19 teaching on the grammar site, and not rebuilding La Mare de Carteret.

The issue will come before the States at the end of the year.

Guernsey's Chalmers revels in gold success

Raiders announce Doncaster friendly

BBC Sport

Guernsey rugby side the Raiders have announced their first pre-season fixture against Championship club Doncaster Knights.

The Greens welcome Doncaster on 5 August 2017.

Raiders are looking to build on their highest ever finish in the RFU National 3 London and Southeast last season.

Doncaster finished fourth last season, a place above island rivals Jersey.

Popular colleague will be 'sorely missed'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Stuart Moorat
Families of Stuart Moorat and Georgina Le Prevost

The CEO of Sure has paid tribute to colleague Stuart Moorat, 27, who died in a car crash on Friday evening.

Mr Moorat's girlfriend, 25-year-old Georgina Le Prevost, also died at the scene of the crash on the Perelle coast road. No other vehicles were involved.

Ian Kelly described Mr Moorat, who worked at the company for nearly eight years, as "a popular member of the Sure family."

"He will be sorely missed by his colleagues and friends here," he said.

"Our thoughts and condolences go out to his and Georgina Le Prevost’s families at this tragic time.”

Jersey keep Ireland to 200

BBC Sport

Jersey's bowlers have restricted Ireland to 200 in their first Under-19 World Cup qualifier at Farmers Field today.

Follow their chase this afternoon here.

Jersey celebrate a wicket
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A near miss for an Ireland batsman
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A Jersey bowler celebrates a wicket
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Shop window damage appeal

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey Police are appealing for information after a shop window was damaged in St Peter Port during the weekend.

Police say the damage occurred to one of the front windows at Millets, in the Pollet, between 17:45 on Friday and 03:00 on Saturday.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Guernsey Police or Crimestoppers, anonymously.

Former BBC presenter 'desperate for a diagnosis'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Toffees triumph again at Mini Soccer Festival

Guernsey Press

Everton maintained their vice-like grip on the BWCI Shield as yet another Guernsey Mini Soccer Festival was won by the visiting Merseysiders yesterday.

FA adviser to speak on sexual exploitation

BBC Radio Jersey

An expert advising the Football Association (FA) on its review into historic abuse in English football is coming to Jersey to talk about keeping the island's children safe in sport.

Dr Mike Hartill from Edge Hill University has been working on the subject of child sexual exploitation in sport for 15 years.

He will be in Jersey in August to give a three-hour seminar to the island's sport organisations.

Alastair Chalmers breaks record for hurdles gold

BBC Sport

Alastair Chalmers
Lesley Chalmers

Guernsey's Alastair Chalmers clocked the fastest ever time by a British under-18 athlete when he won gold in the 400m hurdles at the Commonwealth Youth Games.

The 17-year-old triumphed in 51.21 seconds in the Bahamas.

It is only the third gold Guernsey have ever won at the Games, and they added a cycling silver on the final day.

Tribute paid to 'kind, beautiful young woman'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Georgina Le Prevost
Families of Stuart Moorat and Georgina Le Prevost

The managing partner of Guernsey law firm Mourant Ozannes has described Georgina Le Prevost, 25, who died in a car crash over the weekend, as a "wonderful friend and colleague".

Miss Le Prevost and boyfriend Stuart Moorat, 27, died at the scene of the incident along Perelle coast road on Friday evening.

Jessica Roland from Mourant Ozannes said they were "deeply saddened by the tragic and unexpected loss".

"Georgie was a kind, beautiful young woman who was always full of life, laughter and fun," she said.

"She truly brought joy to all of those who were lucky enough to work with her during her six years with us, and was a very dear friend to many. We will miss her terribly. Our love and prayers are with her family at this very sad time."

Guernsey regulator looks at loan sharks

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

New laws could be introduced in Guernsey to protect vulnerable consumers from loan sharks.

The Guernsey Financial Services Commission is now seeking feedback on plans to regulate firms involved in lending, credit and finance.

The GFSC said the proposals in its consultation paper are aimed at opening up Guernsey to more innovative, often digitally enabled, financial services to enable faster economic growth.

It also says it wants to protect Guernsey consumers, particularly those who are less well off, from what it calls "unscrupulous" lending practices.

In pictures: Jersey begin qualifying campaign

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Jersey Under-19s have got off to a good start in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

A short while ago they had restricted Ireland to 53-2 off 19 overs.

You can follow the latest here.

Jersey squad ahead of tie vs Ireland at Farmers CC
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Captains of Jersey vs Ireland at Farmers Cricket Ground
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Jersey vs Ireland at Farmers Cricket Ground
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Fatal crash: Police continue to appeal for information

BBC Radio Guernsey

Scene of crash at Perelle, on Guernsey's west coast.
BBC

Guernsey Police are again appealing for information after a couple were killed in a car crash on Friday evening.

Georgina Le Prevost, 25, and Stuart Moorat, 27, died at the scene of the crash, along the Perelle coast road.

Police said their inquiries were "ongoing".

In a statement, they added: "We would again ask that anyone who saw the couple at a wedding reception on Friday evening, and in particular anyone who saw them leave, contact Sergeant Tom Marshall on 725111".

Demand for abuse support service

BBC Radio Jersey

A specialist support service set up in the wake of the Jersey care inquiry is in demand, according to an expert.

Dr Cheryl Power said it was important the island offered help to victims who may have found it difficult to hear or read about the decades of abuse highlighted in the inquiry's report, published earlier this month.

A dedicated phone line and email address is now in operation.

They've been calling and they've been emailing, some have been within Jersey and some people have been living in the UK, who have lived in Jersey and experienced abuse in a care home."

Dr Cheryl PowerActing Head of Psychology and Talking Therapies

Man with Guernsey links still missing

Essex Police are still appealing for information after a man went missing after arriving at Stansted Airport.

Martinovs Janis, 29, was due to fly to Guernsey at about 20.30 on Sunday 16 July, but did not board his flight.

He has not been seen since and his family and police are concerned for his welfare.

Mr Martinovs was last seen wearing a red jacket, blue shorts, black Nike trainers, a white baseball cap and was carrying a blue Adidas rucksack.

He is described as being 5ft 8ins, and has links to Guernsey.

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Minister might vote against waste charge

Jersey Evening Post

A minister has suggested he would be willing to break ministerial ranks and vote against the introduction of a proposed waste charge if he deems businesses are not getting a ‘fair deal’.

More than 100 people pay tribute to crash couple

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Stuart Moorat and Georgina Le Prevost
Families of Stuart Moorat and Georgina Le Prevost

More than 100 people have paid tribute to a Guernsey couple that died in a car crash on Friday evening.

Stuart Moorat, 27, and Georgina Le Prevost, 25, died at the scene of the fatal incident, on the Perelle coast road. No other vehicles were involved.

Condolences have been published on Guernsey Police's Facebook page:

Chloe: RIP, Georgie you were such a lovely girl thoughts are with both your families.

Jane: I am so very sorry to hear this tragic news. Absolutely heartbreaking for both families.

Helen: Two more special stars in heaven. Taken far too young. Thoughts are with their families.

Chloe: So sad. RIP Georgie you were such a sweet person.

Regulator 'shocked' by loan shark findings

BBC Radio Guernsey

St Peter Port Marina
BBC

Guernsey's financial regulator, The Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) said its initial investigation into lending practices has unearthed some surprising findings.

Outside of banking, the area isn't currently regulated in Guernsey, and is now subject to a review. Last year the Citizens Advice Bureau revealed it dealt with 2,300 inquiries on money issues.

Gillian Browning, from the GFSC, said she felt it would be "appropriate" to look at the area after discovering loan sharks were operating in the island.

The regulator has launched a consultation paper aimed at protecting Guernsey consumers.

It's something that surprised us, in fact shocked us, as we've been developing our work in this area, and working alongside citizens advice. We've discovered there are loan sharks operating in Guernsey, that there are people who actually knock on doors and demand money back."

Gillian BrowningGFSC

Cricket: Play under way in Jersey

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Jersey's Under-19 cricketers will start their World Cup campaign against Ireland this morning.

The winners of the tournament will qualify for the full tournament to be played in New Zealand next year.

Jersey's opening match is at the Farmers Field.

Denmark and Scotland's Under-19s are the other sides in the 50 over event.

You can follow Jersey's progress against the Irish here.

Cricket: Jersey U19s begin World Cup campaign

'Senseless' damage at kiosk

BBC Radio Guernsey

The leaseholder of the kiosk at Rousse said she was disgusted after it was vandalised on Saturday evening.

She said tables and chairs were broken and thrown into the sea, and the nearby toilet block on the Rousse headland was also vandalised.

Phillipa Ward added it was completely "senseless and disheartening" when so much work goes into keeping the place nice for people to enjoy.

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Weather: Sunny afternoon on the way

BBC Weather

A cloudy start will break up to leave a fine day with sunny spells, the best of these likely in the west.

It will feel warm for most with a gentle northwesterly breeze.

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Care concerns probed by panel

Naomi Dunning

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

A Jersey scrutiny panel will hear islanders thoughts on the Long-Term Care Scheme when it meets this week.

Concerns have been raised about the time it takes to process applications, how it's being run, if it meets current needs, and if Jersey's ageing population will have an impact.

There are also worries over how long it takes for people to receive money to cover the costs of care, and the financial stability of the scheme in the future.

The benefits scheme is designed to take away much of the financial worry someone might otherwise have about the cost of long-term care.

Since 2015 anyone who earns enough to pay income tax has paid into the scheme, with the current rate at 1%.