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Summary

  1. Man sentenced to six years for importing heroin
  2. Jersey homeless 'turned away due to demand'
  3. Alderney looks for new chief executive
  4. Guernsey politician 'not prepared to see water and electricity price rises'
  5. Airline relaunches inter-island travel survey
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Rob England

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Rob England

BBC News Online

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

We'll be back on Tuesday 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.

Charity reports 25 year peak of homeless people needing shelter

BBC Radio Jersey

The chairman of the Shelter Trust in Jersey which offers accommodation to homeless people in Jersey has said the charity has hit its busiest point for the last 25 years.

Neville Benbow said more than a 100 people stay with them every night but while numbers are increasing they would never turn anyone away.

The Sanctuary Trust, which offers a similar service to men, has reported turning people away as their facilities have become full.

Homelessness
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We are extremely busy at the moment. We have over a hundred people staying with us every night, but we will always find room for someone without a bed, because it's so important for people to have somewhere to sleep at night.

Neville BenbowThe Sanctuary Trust

Occasional showers possible, mostly dry

Holly Green

BBC Weather

We may continue to see the odd shower this evening, although it should be a mostly dry and bright end to the day.

There is the chance of some heavier showers moving up from the southwest overnight. Minimum Temperature: 16 Deg C (61 Deg F)

weather
BBC

Chamber of commerce heads urge businesses to take part in survey

Rob England

BBC News Online

The chambers of commerce in Jersey and Guernsey have urged business travellers to complete a survey by airline Blue Islands on inter-island travel.

The airline released the survey previously to gather opinions before reviewing their flight schedule, but did not receive enough responses.

Blue Island's chief executive officer, Rob Veron, said "Blue Islands is a market-led company, and we will respond to what our customers are telling us they want."

The heads of the island's chambers have expressed their support for the survey, and improved inter-island travel.

Inter-island connectivity is a vital link for businesses with existing offices in both islands and those companies looking to develop leads. In order to ensure our providers are meeting the demands of commerce, it’s important commerce provide an insight into their travel requirements and surveys such as this will help provide that knowledge.

Gillian Martindale-ParsonsChief Executive, Jersey Chamber of Commerce

I would encourage as many people as possible to take part in this survey as the chamber has already identified the need for closer links between the islands’ business communities. It would provide valuable insight if that level of interest was replicated in determining what type of air links are needed between Jersey and Guernsey.

John O’NeillDirector, Guernsey Chamber of Commerce

£8,000 cocaine smuggler jailed

Julie Flanagan

BBC Channel Islands News

A man has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for trying to smuggle £8,000 worth of cocaine into Jersey.

Jersey's Royal court heard Gerard Anthony Meadows was found with cocaine inside him, after being arrested at Jersey airport.

42-year-old Meadows, from Liverpool, was stopped at the airport and taken to hospital for X-rays and four packages of cocaine were found inside him.

He told officers he had used cocaine and cannabis whilst in Liverpool and he had also used both drugs in Jersey.

In his defence the court was told Meadows was genuinely ashamed of his actions and regretful. An order was made for the drugs to be destroyed.

Display board with historic map could be put up at La Vallette

BBC Radio Guernsey

The team behind the restoration of La Vallette is hoping to put up a display board with a copy of the original plans for the area.

The nine foot by three foot surveyor's map, which dates back to 1867, was found in a secret draw of a cupboard following a clear out of the St Peter Port Constables' Office.

The original map is already on display in the Priaulx Library.

Chairman of the La Vallette Legacy team, Pat Johnson says it will show people the designers original intentions for the area.

The layout of the land and everything else and their intentions were there. This plan was done probably seven to ten years before some of the pools were actually built so it has more of a recollection of the physical attributes of the area before some of the work was done.

Pat JohnsonChair, La Vallette Legacy Team

Calls for NHS to learn from Guernsey healthcare 'misplaced'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Calls for the NHS to take lessons from Guernsey are "misplaced" according to the President of the Committee for Health and Social Care after a right-wing think tank looked at the island's system as a model for the UK.

Heidi Soulsby
States of Guernsey

The article on the website of the Institute of Economic Affairs says the system of pay-as-you go for GP visits, along with the way the Medical Specialist Group and the hospital are funded, provide lessons for what's described as "an NHS in crisis".

But Deputy Heidi Soulsby says the author should have spoken to her first.

She said Guernsey's Health System is neither affordable nor equitable and unless things change it will be impossible to meet ever increasing demands.

Battle of Flowers: In case you missed it

BBC Channel Islands News

If you didn't manage to see this year's battle of flowers, have no fear, check out our full coverage here, or on catch up.

Every float and almost every flower! Jersey Battle of Flowers 2017 highlights.

Economic development president 'frustrated' over lack of progress

BBC Radio Guernsey

The president of the Committee for Economic Development has said the States needs to get behind plans for improving prospects in Guernsey.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache said he was frustrated by the lack of progress on all fronts, particularly delays in reviewing the island's vital transport links.

Mr Ferbrache said his committee would be putting plans before the States in the autumn and if he does not get backing he will "consider his position".

We're in a democracy, those are decisions that the States would be able to look at and say 'we don't like the Peter Ferbrache economic development committee blueprint for the economy' and if they don't like it, then there's no point lingering around in office, you do something else.

Deputy Peter FerbrachePresident, Committee for Economic Development

Court hears packages of heroin 'professionally wrapped'

Julie Flanagan

BBC Channel Islands News

A 45-year-old man has been sentenced to six years in prison, and recommended for deportation after trying to import heroin into Jersey, Jersey's Royal Court heard.

Jose Manuel Ferraz Figueira
States of Jersey Police

Jose Manuel Ferraz Figueira, from Madeira ingested 41.5 grams of heroin, with an estmated street value of £41,500.

The court heard Figueira eventually admitted to customs officers he was holding the heroin when he was detained after getting off the ferry at St Malo and having an X-ray.

Initially he claimed the drugs were for his own personal use because he was a heavy user but a Customs Officer said the amount found was wildly in excess of what researchers said was feasible.

The next day he produced five wrapped packages customs officials described as "professionally wrapped".

Sentencing Deputy Bailiff, Tim Le Cocq said he had only given a guilty plea after an X-ray was taken, and he had given different versions of what had happened to reduce his guilt.

He said Figueira's "continued residence" in Jersey would be "to the detriment of the island".

‘Pop-up brothels’ investigated

Jersey Evening Post

Prostitutes working in the Island are turning short-term accommodation lets into "pop up brothels", it has emerged.

Jersey Airport: Drunken behaviour 'not a big problem'

BBC Radio Jersey

Airport officials say drunken behaviour on flights from Jersey Airport is not a problem because people spend less time waiting for their aircraft in the island.

Alcohol at an airport shop
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In the UK there has been a 50% rise in the number of arrests of passengers suspected of being drunk at airports and on flights. The BBC has obtained figures showing there were 387 arrests in the year to February.

Fortunately we're not overly concerned at Jersey Airport. Obviously in the UK people's dwell time tends to be a lot longer, certainly if they're travelling on long haul flights, whereas the average wait at Jersey Airport, unless there's a delay is about an hour or so. I'm not saying we've not had passengers that have been unfit to travel but of course we do take this matter very seriously, and approach the relevant authorities should the case happen.

Alan DonaldPorts of Jersey

Investigation into fire which gutted roofing firm

Jersey Evening Post

Investigations are continuing into the cause of a fire which destroyed a building occupied by a roofing company.

BreakingMan sentenced to six years for importing heroin

Julie Flanagan

BBC Channel Islands News

A 45-year-old Madeiran man has been sentenced to six years in prison for importing heroin into Jersey with an estimated street value of £41,500.

Jose Manuel Ferraz Figueira has been recommended for deportation.

Jersey's Royal Court heard Figueira was stopped in Jersey in December 2016 after getting off a ferry from St. Malo. The defendant had very little money, no bank or credit cards and said he would be staying in Jersey for three days with a friend, the court heard.

Figueira was taken to hospital for an X-ray, and the results were described as "suspicious", the court heard. He later admitted to customs officers he had three packages of heroin concealed internally.

Five packages were found to contain 41.5 grams of powder which was 9% pure.

New chief executive for Alderney will face 'considerable challenges'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Alderney politician Graham MckInley says any new chief executive for the island will face "considerable" challenges, including an ageing population, transport links, the France, Alderney, Britain cable link and Brexit.

He added commercial expertise and leadership would be more important than purely administrative skills.

The role is currently vacant since the last appointee, Victor Brownlees, left the post in May.

Alderney States chamber
BBC
The next chief executive will work with politicians in the States Assembly

We're not just looking for a bureaucratic civil servant, we're looking for someone, if you like, some financial experience or understanding of finance, and someone with commercial, rather than bureaucratic interest.

Graham MckInley

West Hill fire: Drone footage released of damage

Rob England

BBC News Online

fire
Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

Pictures have been released showing the damage caused to an industrial building after a major fire.

A spokeswoman from Jersey fire service said the flames "quickly took hold of the roof of the building" before breaking through and "spreading rapidly along the length" of the structure at West Hill, in St Helier on Friday evening.

fire
Jersey Fire and Rescue Service
Eighteen firefighters tackled the blaze

A spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with the company involved and we wish them a speedy recovery from this devastating fire."

Station commander, Marc Le Cornu, said the firefighters had "undoubtedly saved a couple of adjoining buildings and businesses from also being destroyed by the fire".

An investigation into the cause is on-going. Jersey police said officers are not treating it as suspicious.

West Hill Fire
Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

Man injured in wingmirror hit by vehicle

Rob England

BBC News Online

A man was treated in A&E after he was injured by a vehicle that didn't stop, say police.

The man was walking along Don road, opposite The Admiral pub in St Helier, at about 14:50 on Wednesday.

The mirror from the vehicle hit the victim on the arm.

Police described it as a large, white, "passenger style" vehicle, similar to a minibus and asked anyone with information to contact them.

Committee president 'to consider resigning' over transport link review

BBC Radio Guernsey

The politician responsible for Guernsey's tourism industry say he will consider resigning if he does not get his way on making the island's transport links "more competitive".

President for the Committee for Economic Development, Deputy Peter Ferbrache, has said he is frustrated at the progress of the latest review into Guernsey's air and sea links.

Deputy Ferbrache said he hopes the States will back him in considering the full business case for an airport runway extension.

Guernsey airport
BBC

To say that I'm happy with the pace of things would not be true. But by the end of this year we will be coming back to the States saying 'this is our green paper, this is what we think should happen in relation to various parts of our economy, back us, or do not back us."

Deputy Peter FerbrachePresident of the Committee for Economic Development

Police seek witnesses after two assaults in St Peter Port

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police are appealing for witnesses to two assaults that took place at the weekend.

Both were in St Peter Port in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The first took place at the taxi rank at Glategny Esplanade at about 01:40 and the second was at North Plantation at about 02:45.

At the taxi rank a male indecently assaulted another male, and at North Plantation two men allegedly headbutted another man and pushed him across the road.

‘Connectivity in all its forms is the priority’

Guernsey Press

Connectivity, economic diversification, skills and the right structures to encourage economic development are the ongoing priorities for the Committee for Economic Development.

Population controls 'could harm economy' says businessman

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey business consultant has said the island's population policy, or lack thereof, is causing companies to struggle to find employees.

Since January the States has tightened up the rules to control population and revoked about 300 employment licenses.

Kevin Keen, who has worked for companies including Jersey Post, Jersey Dairy, and Jersey Zoo, says the current policy could damage the economy.

I'm deeply concerned we still don't have a policy, and the way whatever the policy they're implementing is being done risks damaging our economy, and also our community."

Kevin KeenBusiness Consultant

Farmers win CI Cricket League title

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey club Farmers won the Channel Islands Cricket League on net run-rate after beating Guernsey side Wanderers Irregulars in their final game.

Charles Perchard, named Jersey captain in July, hit 80 not out, with Farmers bowling out their opponents for 88.

Farmers
Martin Gray

Of the six teams in the league, four finished on eight points, with St Ouen-Springfield, Griffins and Cobo Tigers all missing out on the title.

Options for crumbling sea wall to be put on show

BBC Radio Guernsey

Options for the future of a crumbling sea wall in Guernsey which has divided islanders will be on show later in August.

The current plans put forward for L'Ancresse sea wall by the States include realigning a section of the wall to how it was before World War Two, creating "a more natural beach environment".

But some people have taken to social media, calling the plans a "vanity project" by the States, and potentially damaging to the local environment.

Consultants Royal Haskoning will present the options at a public meeting on 22 August at St Sampson's School at 19:30.

L'Ancresse sea wall
BBC

Airline relaunches inter-island travel survey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Airline Blue Islands has re-launched a survey on inter-island travel times as they look to review their schedule.

The inital survey asked business travellers their opinions on the services, but received an "inconclusive" number of responses.

Chief executive officer for the airline, Rob Veron, said the 94 responses were not enough to make changes.

The heads of both islands' chambers of commerce have urged businesses to take part in the survey on the Blue Islands' website.

Flybe/Blue Islands plane
Blue Islands

Alderney Week finished with a splash

David Earl

Reporter, Alderney

Alderney Week finished on a high and involved a lot of splashing around with the man-powered flight competition.

Here's some of the highlights:

Alderney Week 2017

A bright start, but cloud and some rain later

BBC Weather

It will be a fairly bright start to the day but it will cloud over later, with rain arriving into the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

In Jersey:

weather
BBC

And in Guernsey:

weather
BBC

Charity calls for help with 'hidden homelessness' in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

A hostel that supports homeless people is asking local businesses with any spare rooms to come forward.

A spokesman for the Sanctuary hostel said it was turning away, on average, two men each week because the demand was so high.

Sean Power, from the charity says the island has a "hidden homelessness" problem.

They're not living in stairwells and car parks. They're not living in the street, they're not sleeping in toilets. They have somehow managed to sleep in a location where they don't attract any attention.

Sean PowerSanctuary

Drivers threatened with fines for leaving cars at precinct

Jersey Evening Post

Businesses at Les Quennevais precinct have said there are "massive" parking problems in the area.

Alderney seeks new chief executive

BBC Radio Guernsey

The States of Alderney is looking for a new chief executive.

The salary is about £100,000 and the advertisement says the role faces "a number of contemporary challenges", including a "need to attract new, younger residents as well as care for the already settled population".

It follows the resignation of the previous chief executive, Victor Brownlees in May due to "family reasons".

Alderney
BBC

Mother slept as child fell from first-floor window

Guernsey Press

A 21-month-old child fell from a first-floor window while its mother was asleep in bed, a court has heard.

States trading board 'not in favour' of price rises in utilities

BBC Radio Guernsey

The politician with responsibility for the States of Guernsey's trading assets has said he does not want to see an increase in charges for basic necessities such as electricity and water.

utility bills
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The Trading Supervisory Board is currently discussing a new policy to ensure entities such as Guernsey Water and Guernsey Electricity provide a "reasonable return" for taxpayers.

In June, attempts to introduce new taxes to meet the States of Guernsey's financial shortfall were rejected by members.

Some feared charges for basic commodities such as water, electricity and post would rise as a result, essentially taxing islanders through public services.

But the President of the States Trading Supervisory Board, Charles Parkinson, said he is "not in favour" of raising charges to provide increased dividends for the States, and would be looking into ways of controlling the amount returned to the States through public services.

Homeless 'turned away due to demand'

BBC Radio Jersey

Homeless people are being turned away from a hostel in Jersey because it's full, bosses say.

The Sanctuary hostel can house up to 23 homeless men. However, all their places are full and bosses say that on average two men are being turned away each week.

Homeless sign
Getty Images

I think there's a discussion to be had with the various providers, shelter providers, social security, social services, and with Andium, the social housing provider. Can we quantify the demand? It seems almost impossible to do.

Sean PowerSanctuary hostel

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Rob England

BBC News Online

Guernsey
BBC
The view from Guernsey this morning

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