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  1. Nearly half of current prisoners in Jersey 'repeat offenders'
  2. Man arrested after rocks thrown through child's bedroom window in Guernsey
  3. 'Potentially lethal' ecstasy warning from Jersey Police
  4. St Sampson residents protest housing development
  5. Draft for new sexual offences law in Jersey goes to public consultation
  6. Live updates on Friday 1 September 2017

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Coastal erosion helps archaeologists explore islet

BBC Radio Guernsey

Coastal erosion affecting a islet on Guernsey's west coast was a "major factor" in finding out more about its history.

Capelle Dom Hue was one of the island's prehistoric landmarks and historians said it could have religious significance.

States archaeologist Dr Philip de Jersey said on-site studies were the only way to explain the islet's history before it was too late.

Capelle Dom Hue

We thought it was a go time to do it, partly because the island is being erodes. It's all very well collecting fragments, pottery and flint that erode out of the low cliff edge there, but that doesn't give you an archaeological understanding of it."

Dr Philip de JerseyArchaeologist, States of Guernsey

Mr de Jersey's team set off on Tuesday to excavate the islet.

Latest weather: A dry night with clear skies

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

It will be a dry night with clear skies and light winds, which will give a chilly feel.

Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).


Saturday will see arm sunshine and light winds, apart from the odd shower. During the evening, it is likely to cloud over from the west.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Alderney 'needs more money' - politician

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Graham McKinley

One of the politicians taking part in negotiations with the developers of the France-Alderney-Britain electricity link has said the island could benefit substantially more from the project.

If States members agree later this month, islanders will be asked whether they want the project to include the island, in the full knowledge of how much it will benefit financially.

Graham McKinley believes the £500,000 per year currently on the table is significantly less than Alderney should receive for allowing the cable to run through the island.

FAB Link Ltd has surveyed an alternative offshore route after delays in approving the project, which will now go to a public vote.

Mr McKinley said: "I want us to make considerably more money out of this.

"We could be making something like £700k-a-week, which is over £36m-a-year," he said.

New sexual offences laws could come into force in Jersey next year

BBC Radio Jersey

New offences, including a simplified law on rape, could come into force in Jersey next year.

Home Affairs Minister Kristina Moore wants the public to comment on proposed changes.

The law is due to provide clearer definitions for rape and what constitutes consent.

Minister Moore said she hoped the changes reflected modern society.

Jersey Reds announce squad change ahead of tomorrow's match

Rob England

BBC News Online

Nearly half of current prisoners in Jersey are repeat offenders

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

Nearly half the prisoners held at La Moye Prison in Jersey are repeat offenders, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Jersey prison

The request revealed 47 out of the 100 prisoners who were inside last month had been imprisoned in Jersey before.

The request asked about the number of prisoners held at La Moye, and how long they were serving.

On 16 August, 29 prisoners were serving sentences for drug dealing, 26 for sexual offences, 25 for other violence crimes, and two for burglary.

Thirty of the inmates were serving sentences of between five and 10 years, while five were serving sentences of more than 10 years.

Emergency road closure in St Sampson

Spider crab fishing ban in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

Fishing for spider crabs in Jersey has been banned temporarily.

An order says people can't fish for or store until 15 October.

Spider crabs. Pic: AFP/Getty Images
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Extra hand baggage allowed on Aurigny's Guernsey and UK flights

Rob England

BBC News Online


Aurigny is now allowing passengers to carry two pieces of hand luggage on Guernsey, UK and Grenoble services, instead of one.

But the airline has said the weight allowance per traveller remained the same at 10kg.

We understand our hand baggage limit is slightly smaller than some other carriers, but this is due to the size of our aircraft and their overhead locker space. To try to give passengers additional space, we have introduced the extra allowance for a second piece of hand luggage, which can fit under the seat, and this should provide enough space for all essential carry-on items."

Malcolm CouparCommercial Director, Aurigny

The maximum dimensions for the main piece of hand luggage is: 48cm by 36cm by 20cm.

For the smaller additional hand luggage, it's: 35cm by 25cm by 20cm.

'Potentially lethal' ecstasy warning from Jersey Police

Literary festival to celebrate heyday of Island’s tourism

Jersey Evening Post

The heyday of Jersey’s tourism industry will be celebrated at the Jersey Festival of Words this autumn.

Jerseyman facing five ironman challenges 'positive'

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

A Jerseyman is due to reach the halfway point on his challenge to swim, cycle and run five ironman distance triathlons in five days.

Alasdair Gordon-Hall began his challenge on Wednesday at St Catherine's.

Alasdair Gordon-Hall

I'm feeling really positive. The weather has been really mean - the wind yesterday was an absolute killer. So, I'm hoping it's going to calm down a bit today and give me a bit of a push round the island. Starting the cycle, once you're on your bike, you can just keep going. Then it's just a little run to do."

Alasdair Gordon-Hall

All the money raised will go to the Brig-y-don Children's Charity.

New biodiversity officer sought to encourage 'new projects'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey States is looking for a biodiversity education officer for the next two years.

The new position, with an advertised salary of £30,000+ a year, will involve working with others to encourage new projects and practical conservation measures, officials said.

Principal environmental services officer Andy McCutcheon said candidates needed to be able to explain issues facing local habitats.

We would see the education officer as pivotal to the delivery of the strategy. What we're lacking is really a lot of information about what is going on out there in terms of population changes and trends. We need to articulate that information, and get it across to people."

Andy McCutcheonPrincipal Environmental Services Officer, States of Guernsey

The Policy and Resources Committee committed to improving biodiversity in Guernsey in its latest plan for States committees, published in 2016.

Is this a job which requires a such a salary? Email us your thoughts.

Jersey Reds v Doncaster

BBC Sport

Harvey Biljon
Jacqueline Ranieri

Jersey Reds will give league debuts to six summer signings, including new captain Scott van Breda at full-back.

Tom Pincus, Mark Best, Jerry Sexton, Matt Rogerson and Conor Joyce also start, while five other new arrivals are named on the bench.

Exclusion rules on committee talks ‘are too vague’

Guernsey Press

An education committee member who was barred from involvement in funding negotiations after enrolling her son at one of the colleges says the rules are too vague.

Woman 'verbally abused' in St Helier

Rob England

BBC News Online

A woman was verbally abused by a group of five or six teenagers on mountain bikes in St Helier, police say.

She was approaching Pier Road car park from the Mulcaster Street junction on Wednesday, between 15:00 and 15:30, when she found the teenagers were blocking the pavement ahead.

Officers said the woman, who was in her 20s, asked the group to move and they followed her to the car park shouting abuse before getting into a lift with their bikes.

They are described as white European and between the ages of 13 to 16.

One of the young people was wearing a red hooded top, and another had distinctive narrow rectangular glasses.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

'FAB Off,' protester says over power project

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Margaret Warren-Roberts

Margaret Warren-Roberts is so concerned by the France-Britain-Alderney power project, she's put anti-FAB Link posters up in her car and on her house windows.

If politicians agree on 13 September, there will be a public vote on whether Alderney is included in the £500m electricity project linking Britain and France. The politicians, though, will have the final say.

"It would destroy this island, both the environment and the way of life," she said.

Those behind the project said it would bring economic prosperity to the island.

Margaret said she wasn't buying it.

"We've survived in the past without it and we'll survive in the future," she said.

FAB OFF placard in Alderney

St Sampson residents protest housing development

BBC Radio Guernsey

A group of St Sampson's residents are protesting a planning application to build houses in the Delancey area on St Clair Hill.

If approved, the first stage of the project will see 83 homes built.

But a member of a conservation group in the area, Peter Voute, claims 150 will be built by the time the project is complete.

He said he felt the density was "unacceptably high" and would cause an increase in traffic and parking.

It's all narrow lanes. If you tried to get a lorry with a skip down there, it would be very tight indeed. If you're going to build 150 houses, what are you going to do about 200 cars trying to get on Route Militaire at eight in the morning?"

Peter Voute

Man to appear at Royal Court after £150k of suspected cannabis seized

Rob England

BBC News Online

A man arrested after suspected cannabis with an estimated street value of £150,000 was found in a vehicle is due to appear at Jersey's Royal Court next month.

Officers from the Customs and Immigration Service said they found 10kg of the suspected drug in a vehicle travelling on the Condor Liberation from Poole on Thursday.

A 59-year-old, charged with offences under Jersey's customs and excise laws, appeared in the Magistrate's Court this morning. He is due to appear in the Royal Court on 13 October.

Woman verbally abused by teenagers

Jersey Evening Post

A woman was allegedly verbally abused and harassed by a gang of teenagers on bikes near Pier Road Car Park.

I'll back FAB, regardless of vote - Senior Alderney politician

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Ian Tugby

The States of Alderney's Vice President and supporter of the France-Alderney-Britain Link has said he will still back the project, even if the public votes against it.

Islanders will have the chance to decide on whether the project goes ahead in Alderney in a public vote, if deputies agree at a meeting later this month.

Ian Tugby said: "I think no matter what way the vote goes it would be very difficult for me to change my views. I believe that it will bring huge benefits to the island and I'll be very disappointed if we should turn down this opportunity."

More than 100 people protested against the £500m electricity cable in Alderney last month.

The public vote won't be binding, and as such, Mr Tugby said he would continue to support the project.

"Put it this way, more people have spoken to me and said we've got to have it than the ones who've said they don't want it.

"So I'm representing the majority of people that I speak to, in my view."

New palliative care plan to provide 'seamless' support

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey doctor has said a more coordinated approach to caring for children with life limiting or threatening conditions should improve the service.

Health professionals and charities have worked with parents to develop a new form of palliative care.

The new care plan includes assigning a dedicated key worker to each family to provide practical and emotional support as well as communicate with nurses for treatment.

Paediatrician Dr Tim Malpas says this should provide "seamless" care.

I think it is about recognising the wishes of the child, recognising the wishes of the parent and acting sensitively and professionally, with compassion, to provide the best possible outcome for the child. To bring everybody together with that aim is what we've hoped to achieve."

Dr Tim Malpaspaediatrician, Jersey General Hospital

States urges islanders to take black plastic out of recycling

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

People in Guernsey are being urged by the States not to place black plastic in blue bag recycling bags as it has often been recycled before.

The amount of plastic packaging, tins and cans, and cartons being recycled by Guernsey households has increased by more than a quarter since the introduction of kerbside recycling in 2014.

But Guernsey's recycling officer, Tina Norman Ross, said no one was interesting in buying it from the States.

Please don't put black plastic in there, because it just means we've got to take it out further down the line. Often, if you look at it, it looks like is should be recyclable as it has a little triangle. But it can say 'rPet', which means it's been recycled before."

Tina Norman RossRecycling Officer, States of Guernsey

Our Weather Watchers' views from Guernsey and Sark

BBC Weather Watchers

Our reliable Weather Watchers have struck again, with some excellent morning snaps from the islands.

The Sark Weather Man strikes again with this nice snap from the island
And Chris Cumulus in St Andrew, Guernsey, has given us this lovely view from the field

Future 'looks bright' for Jersey Opera House

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Opera House is in its best financial shape for 10 years, its chairman has said.

The venue made £40,000 more profit last year than in 2015, despite making less money on ticket sales.

Figures showed that it made a £52,000 profit last year, compared to just over £18,000 in 2015.

Pierre Horsfall, one of the directors, said the future "looks bright".

We turn over nearly a million a year, we generate £2.12p for every £1 of grant that we get. Our financial system, and our financial position, is really, really good.

Pierre HorsfallChairman, Jersey Opera House

Nurses hand out sun cream and skincare advice

Guernsey Press

Community nurses have been given key ring-style suncream bottles by cancer awareness group Male Uprising Guernsey to hand out around the island in response to rising skin cancer rates in men.

Alderney States asked to respect public vote on FAB cable

BBC Radio Guernsey

The States of Alderney will be asked at a meeting on 13 September to hold a public vote to decide whether cables for the France Alderney Britain (FAB) Link power project should be allowed to run through the island.

FAB link project

The Policy and Finance Committee has said any vote would not be legally binding on States members and judging public opinion on the subject had become difficult.

In August, more than 100 protesters gathered in Alderney to express their concerned about the environmental impact the link cable would have.

If the public vote goes ahead, people will face a yes or no ballot, and information leaflets will be sent to every house.

People 'too drunk to consent' to get better protection from new laws

BBC Radio Jersey

People who are too drunk to consent to having sex could get better protection under new laws proposed in Jersey.

Jersey Police HQ

Home Affairs Minister Kristina Moore said she wanted the public to comment on the changes, which include offences against children.

"Sexual offences are a part of our criminal law that deals with the most private and intimate part of life, sexual relationships, when they are non-consensual, inappropriate or wrong", she said.

"As such, it reflects society’s view of what is right and wrong in sexual relations.

"One of our guiding principles is that the criminal law should not intrude unnecessarily into the private life of adults.

"Most consensual activity between adults in private should be their own affair, and not that of the criminal law.

"But the criminal law has a vital role to play to protect children and vulnerable adults."

More money for Jersey pensioners

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

Pensioners in Jersey will receive more money to make up for further increases in the cost of living.

From 1 October, old age pensions will increase by 2.8%.

older people on bench in front of piles of money
Getty Images

In real terms, it amounts to about £5.75 more a week to those receiving a full pension, but for couples married before 2001 it will be more like £9.52 a week.

Last year £173m was spent in pension payments in Jersey, compared to £166m in 2015.

Nearly 31,000 people were receiving an old age pension at the end of 2016, out of an estimated population of about 104,000.

Thunderstorm warning still in place for the Channel Islands

Rob England

BBC News Online

Wife of former governor has died

Jersey Evening Post

The wife of former Lieutenant-Governor General Sir Peter Whiteley has died.

States departments being 'too slow'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The president of Guernsey's Development and Planning Authority says the States has slowed down and is full of "complicated reports".

It comes following the anniversary of planning permission being given for the Leale's yard development, with no building started.

Deputy John Gollop said not much was happening, and industry professionals said the States was being "too slow".

With the exception of a few departments, Education would spring to mind, maybe Social Security, not much is happening. Everything is going really weak, we're not going at the pace. I think we've had high net worth individuals and leading lawyers and others saying that we're too slow and we haven't got the right framework of government to deliver. I think there is a degree of wastage at the moment."

Deputy John GollopPresident, Development and Planning Authority, States of Guernsey

Jerseyman reaches halfway point in ironman challenges

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

A Jerseyman is due to reach the halfway point on his challenge to swim, cycle and run five ironman distance triathlons in five days.

Alasdair Gordon-Hall began his challenge on Wednesday at St Catherine's.

He is swimming 2.4 miles (3.8km) each day of the challenge, as well as cycling 112 miles (180km) and running a marathon of the standard 26 miles (42km).

All the money raised will go to the Brig-y-don Children's Charity.

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Latest weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

A mixture of sunshine and showers, these could be heavy to start with, but they will become less frequent as the day goes on with more and more warm sunshine emerging.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).





Bowl closes abruptly with more than 10 staff made redundant

Guernsey Press

Staff at the MFA Guernsey Bowl were given no notice before being made redundant today, as it was suddenly announced the business was shutting down permanently, with immediate effect.

A moo-ving rescue for this Jersey cow

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

Crews from Jersey Fire and Rescue Service helped to free a cow with its head trapped in a water tanker trailer.

The fire service was called to a farm in St John to assist at about 11:25 on Thursday, a spokesman said.

Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

Its neck and jaw had swollen, preventing it escaping from a small space between the water tank and the trailer supporting it.

Fire crews, assisted by a specialist rescue unit, separated the tank from the trailer in order to free the cow, which remained calm throughout the ordeal.

Aside from the swelling, the cow was unhurt, crews said, and was "keen to get back to the rest of the herd".

Jersey Fire and Rescue Service
A telescopic handler was used to lift the water tank away from the chassis of the trailer

Ferbrache: Constitution Committee 'a complete waste of time'

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

A senior Guernsey politician is calling for the scrapping of a States committee.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache has said he questions the need for the States Assembly and Constitution Committee (SACC).

The SACC advises the States and develops and implements policies around the constitution and practical functioning of the island's government.

Why have we got a Rules and Procedures Committee, or whatever it's called, why on earth do we need that? We should have the rules looked at once every four years just to see if they need updating. It's got its own civil servants, it's got its own core of activity. I think it's a complete waste of time and it should be got rid of. The chances of getting rid of it are zero, but it's just an example of creating something that, in my view, is completely unnecessary."

Deputy Peter FerbrachePresident, Committee for Economic Development, States of Guernsey

Draft for new sexual offences law open to public consultation

BBC Radio Jersey

New offences, including a simplified law on rape, could come into force in Jersey next year.

Jersey Royal Court

Jersey's minister for home affairs wants the public to comment on the changes, which include offences against children.

The law also provides clearer definitions for what constitutes consent, and rape.

Deputy Kristina Moore said: "One of the priorities for my term in office has been to ensure that we protect our citizens from domestic and sexual violence and abuse."

The new Jersey law has been developed following similar changes in England and Wales and in Scotland.

Man arrested after rocks thrown through child's bedroom window

BBC Radio Guernsey

A man has been arrested and released on bail after two rocks were thrown through the window of a house, landing in a child's bedroom, Guernsey Police said.

It happened at about 22:30 on Thursday at a property in Les Hautes Landes, Vale.

Officers said a male was seen making off on foot into La Mazotte after the incident, and a suspect was later arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

Police are appealing for information of any suspicious behaviour in the area.