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Summary

  1. Young people taken to hospital in Jersey after taking drugs, "possibly MDMA or ecstasy"
  2. Guernsey's beekeepers' worries over Asian hornets after failing to find nest
  3. Race 'most common reason for verbal abuse or attacks' - Jersey Police survey
  4. Teaching union says Guernsey needs to move forward without delay with education plans
  5. Jersey deputy worried about safety around Fort Regent buildings
  6. Guernseyman 'went back to sleep' as North Korea missile warning rang
  7. Updates on Tuesday 28 August 2017

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By Rob England

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Rob England

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We'll be back on Wednesday 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.

Butterfly stamps to be released by Jersey Post

BBC Radio Jersey

Stamps with butterflies recorded in Jersey and China will feature on a new set of six stamps to be issued by Jersey Post in September.

They are the final instalment of a three-part series looking at Jersey's natural links with China, with a collection being released every September from 2015-2017, Jersey Post said.

They were produced by Norwegian stamp artist Martin Mörck and Chinese designer Wang Huming.

The series aimed to "develop Jersey's relationship with China", said Melanie Gouzinis, head of philatelic at Jersey Post.

Jersey Post Butterfly series
Jersey Post

Latest weather: Warm, with cloud developing overnight

BBC Weather

Cloud will tend to thicken overnight, with the chance of some patchy rain developing by dawn. Despite this, it will be another mild night with temperatures holding up. Minimum temperature: 16C (61F).

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Most hate crime victims 'didn't report incidents to police'

BBC Radio Jersey

Most people who responded to a survey on hate crime in Jersey claimed that they didn't report the matter to police.

The police survey, carried out for several weeks in May and June, had 175 responses. Of those, 68 people said they had experienced racially-aggravated hate crime and 48 said they were targeted for their sexual orientation.

Reasons for non-reporting included respondents feeling that they weren't the victim, or they felt it had been dealt with at the time by other onlookers, or that they thought there would be no evidence.

Some respondents also said they settled the matter themselves, or were worried about revenge attacks, or simply couldn't be bothered to report it, or didn't consider it to be a police matter.

Fall in sterling could be good news for Jersey

Jersey Evening Post

Last week’s fall in value of the pound to an eight-year low could be good news for Jersey and, according to the chief executive of Visit Jersey, could even boost the Island’s tourism industry.

Beekeepers' worries over Asian hornets after failing to find nest

BBC Radio Guernsey

Asian Hornet
Barry Wells

The president of the Guernsey Beekeepers' Association says he's more worried now for the local bee population than he's ever been.

It comes amidst struggles to locate and destroy settling Asian hornet nests in the Bailiwick.

Three adult hornets were found last month in Torteval. Other sightings in the Channel Islands include in Alderney in July last year, then Jersey in August 2016 and Sark last month.

The insects can kill up to 50 bees a day.

Association president Mr Tomlins said it was first year Guernsey had had to tackle the invaders on the island.

He said: "We seem to be up against a brick wall not being able to find a nest."

'No panic whatsoever' from Japanese after missile warnings

Rob England

BBC News Online

North Korean missile graphic
BBC

Residents in parts of northern Japan seemed "untroubled" as sirens blared out to warn them a North Korean missile was entering Japanese airspace, according to a Guernseyman who was staying nearby.

The missile, launched early on Tuesday, Korean time, flew over Japan's Hokkaido island before crashing into the sea.

Adrian Sarchet was staying in the northernmost area of Japan's main island, Honshu, when he was woken by the warning sirens.

He said his friends received a message on their phones from Japanese authorities suggesting "it would be a good time to find a basement or a very sturdy shelter", but said people in the area carried on "with their usual calm and civility".

Adrian Sarchet
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Adrian Sarchet is an avid swimmer, and travelled to Japan to swim across the Tsugaru Straits

The UN Security Council is expected to hold an emergency meeting in response to the missile launch.

Race 'most common reason for verbal abuse or attacks' - police survey

BBC Radio Jersey

A survey has found race was the most common reason for people in Jersey being verbally abused or attacked.

Police carried out the survey on hate crime for several weeks in May and June and had 175 responses.

Of those, 68 people said they had experienced racially-aggravated hate crime.

Forty-eight said they were targeted for their sexual orientation.

Plea for action after positive housing review

Guernsey Press

KPMG’s housing policy recommendations are ‘a welcome injection of realism into the property debate’, industry figures have said.

Father of Clinton Pringle to appeal to UK Prime Minister over pavement designs

Rob England

BBC News Online

Clinton Pringle
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The father of Clinton Pringle, a three-year-old boy who was killed after being hit by a van in Jersey in 2016, has joined a campaign to stop the design and building of pavements like those outside Millennium Town Park in St Helier, where his son died.

Michael Pringle said he was to travel to Number 10 Downing Street to appeal to UK Prime Minister Theresa May to stop local authorities from building "shared space schemes", where roads are built without traditional barriers such as kerbs and controlled crossing points.

On the 5 September Mr Pringle will be joined at Downing Street by other campaigners from groups such as the National Federation of the Blind of the UK.

He said that although the driver was clearly to blame in his son's case - and admitted causing death by careless driving - the pavements in the area "contributed" to his death, and the areas could discriminate against blind an disabled people.

Sun safety advice issued by community nurses

BBC Radio Guernsey

Outdoor workers in Guernsey should expect a visit from community nurses, who have said they are concerned for their safety in the sun.

Nursing teams have offered to provide leaflets and sun cream to workers to reduce their risk of skin cancer.

Community nurse Heather Kennedy said: "Guernsey has very high rates of skin cancer and outdoor workers are particularly at risk of non-melanoma skin cancers.

"The community nursing team drive to meet patients and they noticed the number of people, men in particular, working outside in the sun.

"Prevention is better than cure and we realised we could provide them with some sun-safe advice and sun cream while doing our rounds".

New hangars are a 'significant investment'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Plans submitted for three new aircraft hangars at Jersey Airport, costing £10m, will send a message to the global business jet market, Ports of Jersey says.

Outside of all the prominent London airports, Jersey is considered to be the fifth busiest for corporate jet movements in the British Isles, according to the company, which oversees the island's harbours, marinas, coastguard and airport.

This significant investment by Ports of Jersey is sending a positive message to the global business jet market of our increasing confidence in the corporate aviation industry, which can only improve our credibility and visibility internationally in this forum. This, in turn, will attract more inward investment, aviation activity and local aviation sector job growth.”

Lee McConnellCorporate and General Aviation Development Manager, Ports of Jersey

The plans have yet to be approved.

Two events planned to remember surfer Jayson

Jersey Evening Post

Two events have been planned in memory of a 20-year-old who died suddenly last week from suspected meningitis after falling ill just days before.

Herm still 'quite busy' from bank holiday weekend

BBC Radio Guernsey

The queues were still quite long for the Herm Trident this morning, and the company say it has been "quite busy" over the long bank holiday weekend.

Despite the increase in footfall, they say services have been running on time.

The only warning the operator is giving to travellers is to make sure they bring lots of sun cream.

Herm Trident queues
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Man seen 'kicking woman' in St Helier

BBC Radio Jersey

A man was seen kicking a woman and throwing her to the ground in Jersey on Sunday, police said.

The alleged assault happened after the Halkett Hoedown event in St Helier.

Police said the incident began with an argument at about 00:30 near a temporary stage set up at the St Helier market.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

Guernsey Marathon sees 330 entrants

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Guernsey Marathon saw 330 runners take to the track this year, according to organisers.

Athletes from more than 21 countries took to the track this weekend on what was a hot Sunday.

Steve Bievenue won the men's event in a time of 2 hours, 50 minutes and 49 seconds, with Diana Wilcox coming out on top in the women's event at 3 hours, 20 minutes and 9 seconds.

The team Rose Between Two Thorns won the relay race.

Steve Bienvenu
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Steve Bienvenu as he crossed the finish line

Plans for new aircraft hangars submitted

Rob England

BBC News Online

Plans for three new aircraft hangars to be built on the western part of Jersey's airfield have been submitted to the States, Ports of Jersey says.

Sprung aircraft hangars concept
Sprung

The 21,500 sq-ft (1,997 sq-m) hangars are needed to fulfill "increasing demand" for space from both local and visiting aircraft, a spokesman said.

Canadian manufacturer Sprung has been chosen to build the hangars by Ports of Jersey, which said they would be designed to "withstand harsh weather conditions", as well as being "versatile" and "easily relocatable" if required.

If approved, the project would cost £10m and could take up to two months, with the Canadian firm working alongside a local contractor.

Alderney in 'fantastic position' for observing birds

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Alderney Bird Observatory (ABO) has said the island is well suited for gathering data on birds.

Last year it monitored more than 13,000 birds and recorded five new species, according to its 2016 annual report.

Alderney is in a fantastic position geographically, being just north of the French peninsula. We're in a great position where the birds just funnel through us on their way north and north east on migration. And, of course, the other way around, we're the first island the birds see coming south, so they drop in on us for a re-fuel.

John HortonWarden, ABO

French market traders enjoy entente cordiale

Guernsey Press

Visiting French stallholders praised islanders’ pleasant and welcoming nature at this year’s final Normandie Market.

Man arrested after dead cat found

Josephine Baker

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal after a cat was found dead in Jersey, according to the Jersey Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA).

Police say a 64-year-old man has been released on bail, and they are investigating.

The JSPCA said the cat was found in St Helier over the weekend and they are assisting police with their inquiries.

'Clear leadership' needed on education reforms

BBC Radio Guernsey

Clear political leadership is needed to give people in Guernsey clarity and direction in re-organising the island's secondary school system, according to a spokesman for the local branch of the National Union of Teachers.

Sean McManus said his members had a very clear demand.

We need clear political direction and clear political leadership. There has been some uncertainty about that. Do the Policy and Resources Committee support the Committee for Education Sport and Culture? We don't know, it's not been made obvious, although we were told that they did. We need leadership and we need to move forward."

Sean McManusNational Union of Teachers, Guernsey

The education committee's original plans are due to be debated in September, but last week four deputies submitted alternative plans.

The latest from our Weather Watchers

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This great snap was captured by Chris Cumulus in St Andrew, Guernsey, today.

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Guernseyman 'went back to sleep' as North Korea missile warning rang

Rob England

BBC News Online

North Korea missile triggers Japan warning alarms

A Guernseyman who was in northern Japan as a North Korean missile flew over Japanese airspace has described the "strange" sensation of waking up to a Japanese civil defence public address system alerting people to danger.

Adrian Sarchet is on the northern tip of Honshu island, attempting to swim across the Tsugaru Straits.

Not understanding the "serious Japanese" being spoken, he said he went back to sleep as he thought it was "somebody in the car park trying to move a bus load of tourist around".

"We found out that some of our colleagues who we are travelling with have more modern mobile phones than us, and those modern phones were overridden and they were provided with an audio message - in Japanese - warning them there was a missile crisis going on", Adrian said.

Jersey 'responded well to financial crisis'

BBC Radio Jersey

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A local financial expert has said Jersey responded well to the world financial crisis, which began 10 years ago.

Bad lending by banks caused a huge crash which threatened money held in accounts across the globe.

David Stearn was working in private banking at the time, and said the island worked effectively to look after people's money.

Banks in the Isle of Man failed, banks in Guernsey failed, no banks in Jersey failed. So I think the regulators policy, of only letting the largest institutions in, worked."

David Stearn

The chief executive officer of Jersey Finance, Geoff Cook, said financiers still had a lot to do to recover public trust, but they had tried to make sure people's money was safe.

Banks have much more money with which to absorb losses now. They have a lot more liquidity, or cash, so, if they have short-term problems, there is a cash pool there that is bigger than it used to be. And there are a lot more checks and balances on their operations."

Geoff Cook

Conservationist hopes to help protect Island’s puffins

Jersey Evening Post

A conservationist who has worked around the world on projects to save endangered birds was in the island last week to study Jersey’s puffins.

Spotted: Dolphins playing around in the Little Roussel

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

I spotted these dolphins yesterday afternoon in the Little Roussel - the stretch of water between Guernsey and Herm.

They appeared to be playing: following boats and jet skis and on occasion jumping out of the water.

There were also lots of birds feeding nearby, diving into the sea from a height into shoals of small fish.

There have been lots of dolphins spotted in Bailiwick waters recently, especially near St Peter Port Harbour.

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Archaeologists set off to excavate Capelle Dom Hue

BBC Radio Guernsey

Archaeologists from Guernsey are setting out to the west coast islet of Capelle Dom Hue to begin a small excavation.

The little island near the Catioroc headland has been monitored for several years, with prehistoric flint and medieval pottery being regularly exposed by coastal erosion.

The dig aims to find out more about the small stone structure on the island, which has been interpreted as some kind of religious building.

Leading the expedition is States archaeologist Phil de Jersey, who said he wanted to get a clearer understanding of how the land was used thousands of years ago.

Phil de Jersey
BBC

Deputy worried about people's safety around Fort Regent buildings

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

Fort Regent
BBC

People's safety is at risk from the older buildings of Fort Regent, a Jersey deputy has said.

Deputy Kevin Lewis said the swimming pool and cable car stations were "falling into ruin" and tempting young people to break in and explore at the risk of hurting themselves.

He said he believed there were toxic substances in some of the old premises, and has asked the States to agree to demolish the sites.

Last week, the States said it would be seeking planning permission to demolish a number of "redundant" buildings at Fort Regent.

New funding model ‘will put colleges at a disadvantage’

Guernsey Press

Educating a student through one of the four States-operated secondary schools costs £10,098 a year on average – more than 10 times what the States contribution per pupil will be to the college’s under latest proposals.

'Record breaking report' from Alderney Bird Observatory

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

More than 13,000 birds were ringed and five new species were recorded for the first time in a "record-breaking report" from the Alderney Bird Observatory (ABO) in its inaugural year.

The observatory said its bird data, gathered over the last year and presented in its annual report, has had both local and national recognition.

Bird-ringing aims to monitor survival rates of birds and collect information about their movements.

Chairman Paul Veron said they were making great strides and very few other organisations of its type in the British Isles have had such an impact in the first year of opening.

A bird ringing demonstration
Alderney Bird Observatory
A bird ringing demonstration

The ABO has captured the interest and imagination of people far and wide. We are beginning to see the benefits of vocational tourism to Alderney for people, with particular interests in ornithological and other natural history fieldwork.”

Paul VeronChairman, Alderney Bird Observatory

Weather: Warm with plenty of sunshine

BBC Weather

It will be another fine day across the Channel Islands with plenty of sunshine.

With light winds it will feel very warm, although maybe not quite as hot as yesterday.

Maximum Temperature: 24C (75F).

In Jersey:

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Game of Thrones-themed Battle of Flowers float 'not coming to Christmas parade'

Rob England

BBC News Online

It turns out the St Martin's Battle of Flowers float "Winter is Coming" will not be coming to the Christmas parade in December, according to the parish association.

Battle of flowers Game of Thrones themed float
BBC

Those behind the float said the marquee where they built it was damaged in storms last year, and they bought a replacement for £5,000.

But they added they were worried that, if they used it during the winter, it could get damaged again. It has now been dismantled.

The float was inspired by the popular TV programme Game of Thrones, the latest series of which finished on Sunday.

Battle of flowers Game of Thrones themed float
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Hottest bank holiday 'since '61', says Guernsey Met

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey experienced its hottest August bank holiday weekend since 1961 - 25C - according to the island's Met Office.

It was hot in Jersey too, hitting a whopping 29C.

Guernsey
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These people decided to hit the beach, how did you spend your Bank Holiday?
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Homeless and hidden in an affluent Island

Jersey Evening Post

Sleeping on a park bench or in abandoned garage might not look appealing to many, but for some people in Jersey it is their only option when they end up without a home and nowhere else to go.

'Too many unknowns' in alternative education plans

BBC Radio Guernsey

There are "too many unknowns" for members of the National Union of Teachers in Guernsey to form an opinion on alternative plans to reform secondary education, according to a local representative.

Following the proposal of alternative plans by four deputies - including a two-school model - Sean McManus said he was expecting a full written explanation of the benefits of their proposals.

Whilst uncertainty has a negative impact on teachers, Mr McManus said he would welcome some things about Deputy Rhian Tooley's proposals, such as any savings made using the model being put back into education.

It would also be interesting to see how the range of subject choice at both GCSE and A-level was impacted by any new proposals, he said.

The Committee for Education Sport and Culture's current plans can be viewed here.

CCTV to be put up at adventure park after 'suspicious' fire

Rob England

BBC News Online

CCTV cameras will be put up around the children's attraction Tamba Park in Jersey after a fire in a large greenhouse next door, its owner says.

Fire hoses rolled up
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Owner Jonathan Ruff said he was made aware of the fire at about 01:00 on Sunday by emergency services.

"It didn't affect the park, but it was close. Another 10 minutes and it could have got to the indoor area," he said.

He added he understood the fire had a lot of "suspicious circumstances" surrounding it, unlike a previous fire at the park, which was accidental.

Jersey Fire and Rescue are investigating and have not made any official comment.

Young people in hospital after taking 'potentially lethal drug'

BBC Radio Jersey

A number of young people were taken to hospital in Jersey this weekend after they took a "potentially lethal drug", according to police.

Officers said it could be the substance known as MDMA or ecstasy.

They added that the drug was illegal and could cause "serious illness or death".

States of Jersey Police advised anyone who had concerns after taking the drug to seek medical help.

Concept image, illegal drugs
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BBC News Online

Guernsey
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