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Summary

  1. Clinton Pringle death: Sentence a 'miscarriage of justice'
  2. Summer air links to Alderney 'will be fulfilled' says Aurigny
  3. Guernsey harbour plans 'could take years to develop'
  4. Asian hornets spotted in Guernsey
  5. Updates on Friday 28 July 2017

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Rob England

BBC News Online

Our live coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for the week, we hope you have a great weekend.

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

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

New cafe for job training needs volunteers

BBC Radio Jersey

A charity that is opening a cafe in Jersey to give job training for people with learning and physical disabilities needs volunteers to run it.

The Beresford Street Kitchen is employing 33 trainees and apprentices.

Gabby Elmers, the Managing Director, says it will run like other social enterprise schemes, but it will need volunteers to help those working on the scheme.

Beresford Street Kitchen
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We need volunteers in each area of the cafe, so that's front of house, the kitchens and the workshops and also administrative support in the office.

Gabby ElmersManaging Director, Beresford Street Kitchen

Jersey bowled out for 52 in heavy defeat

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey's Under-19s were bowled out for just 52 this afternoon as they were heavily beaten by Ireland at St Clement.

Neil MacRae's side are attempting to qualify for next year's Under-19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, but lost by 175 runs after Ireland had made 227.

Jersey
ICC/Ian Jacobs

Julius Sumerauer was Jersey's star performer, taking three wickets and scoring 14 runs, more than any of his team-mates.

'Democratic defecit' in UK relationship with crown dependencies, says MP

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Member of Parliament is calling for a rethink of Guernsey's relationship with Westminster.

Conservative Andrew Rosindell MP for Romford in London said there was an urgent need to review the lack of representation for the Crown Dependencies, as there was a "democratic defecit" in the current system.

You can never ever have a Guernseyman stand up in parliament to actually speak up for the interests of Guernsey, on defence, on the control of sterling, and so many other issues I can think of where territories and dependencies have literally no say whatsoever. There should at least be a discussion on this. It does not mean and never should mean that Guernsey would lose anything at all in terms of it's own right of self governance and sovereignty over its own affairs.

Andrew Rosindell MP

Ex-lawyer Pincus 'loving' move to Reds

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds utility back Tom Pincus says he is ready to commit himself to professional rugby, having previously worked as a lawyer in Australia.

The 25-year-old joined the Championship club in May, putting his career on hold to move to the northern hemisphere.

Tom Pincus
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"This is my first time playing rugby full-time, so it's been really embracing," he told BBC Radio Jersey.

"I'm enjoying being able to commit to it, and not having to worry about going to work after the gym in the morning."

Tom Pincus

Ex-lawyer Pincus 'loving' move to Reds

Jersey Reds utility back Tom Pincus says he is ready to commit to professional rugby, having previously worked as a lawyer.

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Cloudy overnight

BBC Weather

The cloud will thicken overnight with some more persistent outbreaks of rain.

Some mist or fog patches are possible where the cloud thickens.

Minimum Temperature: 17 Deg C (63 Deg F)

In Jersey:

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And in Guernsey:

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Planning committee halts plans for new treatment works at Bellozanne

BBC Radio Jersey

The States of Jersey's planning committee have held proposals for a new sewage treatment works at Bellozanne, and asked developers to "address the concerns of neighbours".

The existing plant at Bellozanne is 60-years-old and is said to have reached the end of its "useful life".

The Department for Infrastructure (DFI) wanted to put a new ultra-violet treatment works on the site.

But neighbours expressed concerns for the plans, including the construction of uncovered sewage tanks being placed close to their homes, which the planning committee agreed with.

Ted Vibert, who chairs the First Tower Community Association, which campaigned against the plans said residents "welcomed the decision".

Belozanne
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The old sewage treatment centre at Bellozanne was built in the 1950s

It seemed unbelievable that the DFI was going to spend £70 million and were prepared to take the risk that odour emissions would not be significantly improved.

Ted VibertFirst Tower Community Association

Hunt for Asian Hornet nest in Guernsey

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States of Guernsey has confirmed sightings of three Asian hornets near Torteval Church.

Asian Hornet
States of Guernsey

A spokesman said the hornets are believed to have been collecting aphids, smaller insects, from a tree, which indicates they were seeking protein to feed young.

He added an "embryo nest" had been sent to the National Bee Unit for confirmation, which is built by a queen to raise worker hornets, who go on to build a far larger nest.

Asian Hornet
States of Guernsey

The Guernsey Bee Keeper's Association, who made the original report are arranging for members to scour the area looking for the next nest, which they warn could be in the early stages of development, and producing more queens.

The States have asked residents near the church to check any trees in their gardens, and any sightings should be reported to Land Management Services on: 01481 234567.

Introducing, Jersey's open topped beach bus

BBC Radio Jersey

If you see a bus driving around without a roof this summer, don't worry, it's supposed to be that way, as Libertybus have purchased their first open topped double-decker.

Beach bus
Libertybus

It will run from St Helier on two holiday routes, to St Brelade's Bay and St Ouen on sunny days.

It was bought from the UK before being brought back to the island and tested, "in the dead of night" according to a spokeswoman, to keep it a secret.

Police interim deputy chief officer appointed

Rob England

BBC News Online

Julian Blazeby has been appointed acting deputy chief officer in the States of Jersey police at the Royal Court today.

Deputy Kristina
Kristina Moore
Deputy Moore said she looked forward to working with Mr Balzeby

Minister for Home Affairs Kristina Moore oversaw the appointment of the former director of major investigations at the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

A States spokesman said the appointments had been made to "meet operational policing needs" in the run up to the retirement of current chief officer Mike Boweron on 31 October 2017.

Rohais Chinese hygiene rating back to one star

Guernsey Press

Rohais Chinese Takeaway has dropped three food hygiene stars and is back down to a one due to what the owners said was an issue with the organisation of the fridge.

FA historical abuse adviser to speak at sport seminar

Jersey Evening Post

An adviser for the FA’s independent review of historical child abuse is due to come to Jersey as part of a seminar being held by Jersey Sport.

Guernsey Charities Fete cancelled

Rob England

BBC News Online

The organisers of a planned charity fete in Guernsey have cancelled the event due to a poor weather forecast.

Malcolm Woodhams, from the Association of Guernsey Charities, said they were "very grateful" to those who helped plan the event and had offered entertainment and refreshments.

However, he added, a poor forecast had caused some charities and entertainment to cancel.

The event was due to be held at Government House, and the association is hoping to hold "something similar" in the future.

Hundreds helped by States 'cold weather bonus'

BBC Radio Jersey

Cold weather payments helped hundreds of people heat their homes in Jersey last year, it's been revealed.

The States paid a total of £227,000 in cold weather benefits in 2016. The money is available for pensioners on low incomes over the age of 65.

The bonus was paid to 1,086 homes from January to April last year and to 1,004 from October to December.

Woman changing thermostat
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High standard among ‘Royal’ show animals

Guernsey Press

The standard at the Royal Guernsey Agricultural and Horticultural Society show ‘is always very high’, UK cattle judge Colin Gleed said at this year’s event.

Baltic Bees display 'more than just flying'

BBC Radio Jersey

Five flying aces known as the Baltic Bees air display team from Latvia will be dazzling the crowds in this year's Jersey Air Display.

Team leader Artie Soloduha promises a dazzling, deafening finale in aircraft which can travel at speeds of 570 miles per hour.

Baltic bees
Alamy

I call our performance flying opera because together with our flying, the music, the smoke and the lights, people see more than just flying.

Artie SoloduhaTeam leader, Baltic Bees

Jersey Battle of Flowers: A sneaky peak at some of the floats

Rob England

BBC News Online

Our reporter Annie Knowlson took a sneaky peak behind the scenes to have a look at some of the floats for this year's Battle of Flowers in Jersey.

The event will take place on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 August.

Battle of Flowers
BBC
Battle of Flowers
BBC
Battle of Flowers
BBC
Battle of Flowers
BBC

The first Battle of Flowers took place on 9 August 1902, as a celebration for the coronation of Edward VII.

Royal Navy vessel ends survey work in island waters

Jersey Evening Post

The Royal Navy’s smallest commissioned vessel has been recalled to the UK from Jersey ahead of the arrival of the military’s newest aircraft carrier – HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Older people should drive to maintain 'independence'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Age Concern Guernsey has said older people should keep driving to maintain their independence.

The charity's chairman has spoken out after it was revealed the number of people aged over 90 holding a driving licence in Britain has topped 100,000 for the first time.

Currently, drivers over the age of 80 in Guernsey are required to renew their licence every two years and provide proof from their doctor they are fit to drive.

Chairman David Inglis has said driving gives elderly people the opportunity to stay "self-reliant".

I think it's important that these people are able to drive, because it's part of independent living. It falls in line with government policy, they're strongly pushing for independent living, and therefore having the ability to drive will give people that opportunity.

David Inglischairman, Age Concern Guernsey

Man walks the length of Britain for Durrell

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey man has gone to extraordinary lengths to raise money for an island charity.

Pat Kutcher has walked the length of Britain including the three biggest peaks in the UK, all for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

He said it did not feel like a huge challenge.

Pat Kutcher
BBC

At the end it didn't really feel like that much. It was about 12 weeks in total, and towards the end I was walking for about 12 hours a day.

Pat Kutcher

Traffic delays on St Julians Avenue

Rob England

BBC News Online

Clinton Pringle death: Police warn drivers to 'pay attention'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Following the sentencing of 39-year-old Rebekah Le Gal from Mont Millais for the death of three-year-old Clinton Pringle by careless driving, Jersey police have released a statement warning drivers to "pay attention".

A spokeswoman said: "Tragically, cases of this nature demonstrate the ultimate consequence of drivers not paying attention.

"We remain committed to ensuring, with partners, that our roads are as safe as they can be and we will continue to target those drivers who use their mobile phones whilst driving. Drivers must take personal responsibility."

Clinton Prignle
BBC

GFSC set to put licence fees up by 3% in 2018

Guernsey Press

Brexit is partly being blamed as the Guernsey Financial Services Commission proposes to break its long-held commitment to hold licence fee increases to just 2% a year. It is proposing a 3% rise for 2018.

Man sought by police after assault

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police would like to speak to a man (pictured) after an assault on a "juvenile" in Guernsey.

The incident happened inside Vista's beach cafe on 19 July 2017.

man
Guernsey Police

Jersey-Paris air link to make a comeback?

Jersey Evening Post

Air links between Jersey and Paris could be re-established from next year, according to reports published by French news outlets.

Strong wind warning issued by Jersey Met Office

Rob England

BBC News Online

A strong wind warning has been issued covering the area off the northern coast of Brittany around Île-de-Bréhat.

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Clinton Pringle death: Court 'added to my misery' says father

BBC Radio Jersey

Michael Pringle, the father of three-year-old Clinton Pringle, who was run over and died in Jersey last year, has said the sentence for Rebekah Le Gal has rendered his son's life no better than "a cat and a dog".

There was a reference to Rebekah Le Gal saying she had thought she drove over debris, a cardboard box, a cat and a dog. She may as well have driven over a cat and a dog and a cardboard box because it wouldn't have made much difference. The importance that was placed on my son's life was no better, that's the bottom line, that's what the court has just condoned, they've just added to my misery.

Michael PringleClinton Pringle's father

Asian hornets spotted in Guernsey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Three Asian hornets, believed to be female workers, have been spotted in Guernsey, according to the Guernsey Beekeepers Association.

Asian hornet
PA

President, Chris Tomlins, said a nest has been removed by the States near Torteval, adding the "foraging patterns" of the workers could mean they were looking for food for younger hornets.

A search has now been launched by the association for any potential nests in the area.

A week ago widespread sightings in Jersey of the aggressive hornet, led experts to believe they had "settled" in the island.

Mr Tomlins has called on islanders to keep watch for any hornets in the area, and says the app "Asian Hornet Watch", can help distinguish the insects from similar looking flies.

Cloudy with some outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

Skies will be on the cloudy side today with some showery outbreaks of rain.

There may be a few brighter spells during the afternoon, but it will become fairly windy.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

In Jersey:

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And in Guernsey:

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Airtel-Vodafone to reduce data roaming charges

Rob England

BBC News Online

Airtel-Vodafone have announced they will be reducing the cost of data roaming for their customers.

Data rates will drop to 17p per MB in the UK, Europe and the USA.

The company said there would also be future reductions across other countries around the world.

The rate changes will start on 20 August 2017.

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Harbour plan 'could take years to develop'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Big changes to St Peter Port harbour cannot be made until a comprehensive plan has been drawn up, according to the harbour master.

Captain Chad Murray said a "Harbour Area Action Plan" could take years to develop, and only minor changes can be made at the moment, as any large developments would have to fit with the States' Island Development Plan.

He says it is difficult to plan for the future of the harbour in the current circumstances, because large developments would involve more than one committee's portfolio.

The harbour master said both the town and habour were "unique" and it "needs to have some significant thought and planning before there is any major changes to it, because of the importance it has to the island".

St Peter Port
BBC

Driving ban for man found asleep in car

Jersey Evening Post

A man found asleep at the wheel of his car on a Sunday morning has been banned from driving for 12 months and fined £1,200 after pleading guilty to being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink.

Summer air links to Alderney 'will be fulfilled' says Aurigny

BBC Radio Guernsey

Aurigny is assuring senior politicians that it will provide high season, high frequency air links to Alderney.

Earlier this week the airline's CEO said the arrival of its new Dornier aircraft is still delayed, but the manufacturer has pledged to provide a substitute aircraft and staff as cover.

Alderney's most senior politician, James Dent, says he is hopeful the summer schedule can be fulfilled by the airline.

Aurigny dornier
BBC

We wanted some assurance that Alderney would be properly served, and I think we were able to discuss the problems and get certain assurances from Aurigny that we would have the aircraft we needed over the period.

James DentChairman, Policy and Finance Committee, States of Alderney

Seven States properties in need of ‘urgent’ repairs

Guernsey Press

More than £3m has been spent on vital maintenance and repairs of States property in the last three years – but seven of the projects earmarked as urgent in that time have still not been completed, an information request by the Guernsey Press has revealed.

Clinton Pringle death: Sentence a 'miscarriage of justice'

BBC Radio Jersey

Clinton Pringle
Pringle family

A Jersey woman has been given a suspended jail sentence after running over a three-year-old boy last year.

Rebekah Le Gal,39, from Mont Millais was driving down Tunnel Street in St Helier, when she knocked down Clinton Pringle, who was on holiday with his family.

She was jailed for eight months, with the sentence suspended for two years, and disqualified from driving for two-and-a-half years.

Ms Le Gal is the first person to be sentenced for causing death by careless driving in the island since the offence was introduced two years ago.

Clinton Pringle's father Michael said the sentence was a "miscarriage of justice" and sent the message his son was "worth nothing".

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BBC News Online

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