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  1. Businessman jailed for indecently assaulting girl
  2. Pair jailed for smuggling drugs into Jersey
  3. Condor Rapide rescheduled due to engine issues
  4. More Portuguese man-o-war spotted around Guernsey
  5. Attempted murder: Man in custody
  6. Protest over new homes proposals in Guernsey
  7. Updates on Monday 2 October

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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.

Couple jailed for trying to bring cocaine to Jersey on ferry

BBC Radio Jersey

A couple caught trying to bring £16,000 worth of cocaine into Jersey on a Condor Ferry have been jailed.

lr Emma Lynch, Steven Baker
States of Jersey Police

Steven Baker, 27 from Aylesbury was sentenced to seven years and Emma Lynch, 29 from Liverpool was sentenced to five years by Jersey's Royal Court.

They were caught trying to smuggle 170g (6oz) of cocaine internally by customs officers in July.

The Royal Court heard that Baker owed money to "the wrong type of people in Liverpool".

Maritime Museum roof to be refurbished

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Maritime Museum and the old warehouse buildings next to it are due to be covered in scaffolding so their roofs can be replaced in a £650,000 refurbishment plan.

Jersey Maritime Museum

The former storage sites are listed as buildings of special interest by the States.

In recent years they have been converted into the Maritime Museum, the Tapestry Gallery and the Marine Leisure Centre, and are owned by the Ports of Jersey.

A spokesman for Ports of Jersey said skylights would be fitted in the refurbished roofs.

Christmas lottery tickets now on sale

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Tickets for the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery have now gone on sale. Last year it raised more than £1.2m for local charities.

Organisers say tickets are available from more outlets across the islands than ever before. They hope the top prize will beat last year's record £1.12m.

The draw will be held in Jersey on 19 December with the top prize increasing in line with the number of £2 tickets sold.

Lottery Ticket

The Channel Islands Christmas Lottery provides much needed financial support to a wide range of good causes in Jersey.

Deputy Murray NortonAssistant Jersey Economic Development Minister

Police praise abuse victim for coming forward

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey businessman Mark Loane has been sentenced to eight years in prison and made to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years after the Royal Court found him guilty of six counts of indecent assault.

Loane founded C5 Alliance - now the largest technology company in the Channel Islands - but left the business shortly before the start of the trial.

He was also ordered to pay £50,000 in compensation.

States of Jersey Police praised the victim for coming forward saying she "showed incredible courage in reporting the abuse she suffered".

Officers say the abuse of young people "will not be tolerated" and they will be proactive in investigating such crimes.

Wet this evening, cool and breezy tomorrow

BBC Weather

It will be rather wet through the first part of the night but the rain will clear to the south east leaving a dry night.

Under clear spells it will turn rather cool. Tomorrow will be largely dry but cool and breezy. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).


Politicians 'should not be banned from voting'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Politicians should not be banned from voting on major infrastructure projects, the vice president of Guernsey's Development and Planning Authority (DPA) has said.

Last week, a number of deputies who sit on the DPA abstained from a vote in the States assembly on whether or not a section of L'Ancresse wall should be knocked down.

But Deputy Dawn Tindall said States members should be trusted to make clear and informed decisions, regardless of other positions they hold.

"I think we should be able to put our local deputy hat on and not our DPA hat on", she said.

"We should be involved in such discussions and such votes with a free rein," she added.

'Autism Hour' held in Jersey supermarkets

BBC Radio Jersey

The lights in two large Co-op supermarkets in Jersey have been dimmed this afternoon, as the shops join an initiative to help people with autism.

It's part of Autism Hour, and also saw background music turned down and no speaker announcements made.

The Co-op said reducing the noise and light makes shops more comfortable for people with the condition.

The Autism Hour was held in the St Helier and St Peter Grand Marché stores from 15:00-16:00.

BreakingBusinessman jailed for indecently assaulting girl

BBC Radio Jersey

A leading Jersey businessman has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being found guilty of six counts of indecently assaulting a young girl.

Mark Loane

Mark Loane, 48 of St Helier must also pay £50,000 in compensation. He appeared in Jersey's Royal Court today.

He was also put on the sex offenders register.

Loane was found guilty in July after a jury took four hours to reach a decision. They heard he indecently assaulted the girl on repeated occasions and the six counts were a sample of the actual number of attacks.

Woman 'grabbed' in St Helier

Rob England

BBC News Online

A woman in her early 20s was allegedly "grabbed" on Mont Cochon in St Helier, police have said.

Officers told the BBC the woman was walking towards Landscape Grove at the top of the hill when she walked past two men heading in the other direction.

One of the men grabbed her wrist, but she ran off.

The man is described as being in his late 30s, 5ft 8" (172cm) tall and of "chubby" build with a balding hairline, wearing jeans and a burgundy or deep red hoodie.

He was heard to be speaking a foreign language thought to be either Portugese or Spanish.

The man accompanying him is described as being 6ft tall (182cm), of a thin build, with a Mediterranean complexion, wearing a dark suit jacket with a light shirt.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened on Saturday at about 23:00.

More cloud forming and rain spreading in

BBC Weather

Cloud will increase during the afternoon as rain arrives from the west, turning heavy later on.

It'll feel cool, especially in the wind.

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

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In Guernsey:


Buesnel wins seven golds and British title

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey gymnast Alex Buesnel won seven gold medals at the British Disability Championships to claim the British title this weekend for the tenth time.

He was one of five gymnasts from the Jersey Special Gymnastics Club to compete at the event in Lilleshall, Shropshire.

Also competing for Jersey were Matthew Kirkland, Aaron Bonnar, Cailiegh Quail and Rue Reis.

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Liberty Bus seeks more drivers to 'meet demand' of new services

BBC Radio Jersey

Liberty Bus is looking for more drivers so it can meet the demands for its new services.

The bus company's new timetable comes into force today, and sees several changes including:

  • An earlier service on route one
  • Increased Sunday service on route one, to every 20 minutes
  • An additional Sunday service on route five
  • An additional Sunday service on route seven

Spokeswoman Jess Stanier said they were "always looking for new drivers" and were interested in any drivers with a PSV (public service vehicle) license, or those interested in acquiring one.

Condor Rapide rescheduled due to Liberation 'engine issues'

Rob England

BBC News Online


The Condor Rapide has been rescheduled due to the Liberation suffering an "issue" with its port-side main engine, the provider has said.

As a result, Condor said the Liberation services from Poole would operate on reduced power, and would only be travelling as far as Guernsey today.

Some crossings have been cancelled, including the 14:45 from Jersey to Poole, and all day trips.

The first Liberation service arrived an hour later in Guernsey at 13:45, and departed 1h 55m early at 14:30, it is due to arrive in Poole at 19:00.

To compensate for the route, passengers needing to travel to Jersey from this service are advised to transfer on to the Condor Rapide departing Guernsey at 17:40, which arrives at 18:40.

This will have a knock-on effect on the rest of the Rapide's timetable, with the service from St Malo to Guernsey now departing at 16:00 and arriving at 18:00, and the service from Jersey to St Malo will depart at 19:25 and arrive at 21:45.

Jersey progress in Inter-League Cup

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey's Football Combination are through to the second round of the FA Inter-League Cup after a 3-2 win over the Essex Olympian League 3-2 at Springfield.

Two goals from Calvin Weir and one from Adam Trotter sealed victory for the island side, who were twice pegged back by their opponents.

Martin Cassidy

"Hopefully we can go on a run of games and win and get more ruthless in the last third," manager Martin Cassidy told BBC Radio Jersey.

"Fingers crossed we can go on winning games home or away, we need to be ready to go and play away.

"I'm going to take all the good things out of today, and there were a lot of good positive things we need to build on," he added.

Dogs and horse beach restrictions lifted

Rob England

BBC News Online

Summer beach restrictions for horses and dogs have now been lifted until 30 April.

Islanders may exercise dogs and horses at any time, but are being reminded to clear up any dog waste, as this may incur a fine (£500 in Jersey, £100 in Guernsey).

Additional restrictions may apply on some beaches, such as a year-round dog ban on Lihou Island and on the Richmond end of Vazon in Guernsey.

Max the dog in the sea

Team Jets get thrilling late win

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey's Team Jets netball team got their new season off to a thrilling start with a 34-33 win over Loughborough TFC at Fort Regent.

The island side, playing in Premier League Three after relegation last season, were eight goals up going into the final quarter.

But the visitors rallied and looked like they would go back to the Midlands with a point before Jets' late winner.

Team Jets celebrate
Steve Lund

One convenience store too many rule planners

Guernsey Press

Plans for a new convenience store in St Martin’s have been rejected by planners on the grounds that there are too many similar shops already in the parish.

BreakingPair jailed for smuggling drugs into Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

A couple who brought cocaine into Jersey with a street value of £16,000 have been jailed by Jersey's Royal Court.

Steven Baker, 27 from Aylesbury and Emma Lynch, 29 from Liverpool were stopped after sailing to the island on the Condor Liberation in July.

Baker was sentenced to seven years and Lynch to five years in prison.

Royal Court

Baker and Lynch were caught with 170g (6oz) of cocaine concealed internally.

The Royal Court heard that Baker owed money to "the wrong type of people in Liverpool" for drug debts and personal loans and he and his family had been threatened with violence.

Handing down the sentence, Commissioner Julian Clyde-Smith said this was a tragic situation where the defendants had deprived their two young children of their contact and care for many years.

The couple were "so immersed in a drug taking lifestyle that they were prepared to take part in this together, impacting their family", he said.

Aurigny offers free flight changes to Monarch Airlines customers

Rob England

BBC News Online

The airline Aurigny - owned by States of Guernsey - is offering free flight changes for customers who have been affectedby Monarch Airlines decision to cease trading.

The free changes are available for any customers who need to move their Aurigny flights.

A spokesman said customers who cancel their journey but want to move it to a different time will have the change fee waived, but may have to pay any difference in fare.

Passengers who decide to cancel trips completely are advised to claim on their travel insurance.

Monarch and Aurigny planes

Shoplifter fined

Jersey Evening Post

A woman who stole over £500 worth of clothing and accessories from two town stores and over £100 worth of drink from a supermarket has been bound over for three months and ordered to pay a £200 fine.

TV Licensing company to launch campaign in Guernsey

Euan Mahy

BBC Radio Guernsey

TV Licensing, which collects licence fee money for the BBC, is launching a new enforcement and awareness campaign in Guernsey.

The organisation said islanders need a TV Licence to watch or record any live TV on any channel, no matter what device you use, or watch BBC TV programmes on demand, including on BBC iPlayer.

Those caught without a a valid TV Licence risk prosecution in the courts, and a fine of up to £2,000.

A colour TV Licence costs £147 and a black and white licence is £49.50.

TV Licensing spokesman Jason Hill said the visit would highlight the advice and support services the company provides to licence fee payers.

Jersey at 'turning point' in education

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey is at a "turning point" in education, according to the principal of Highlands College, with more young people realising the opportunities for further education.

Steve Lewis said more young people were starting to train on the island, as opposed to previous years where there has been a "talent drain" of 20-30 year olds.

The States wants to improve the range of digital qualifications available, following concerns there were not enough young people are thinking of joining the industry.

The Education Department said it wanted to add digital courses to its programme which combines classroom based lessons with on-the-job training.

Seeds and toys given to family who had honesty box money raided

Rob England

BBC News Online

A family in St Ouen have been paid a visit by the head of the Channel Islands Co-operative Society, following the theft of money from an honesty box outside their home.

Winter, 5, was growing vegetables all summer with her grandparents and selling them at the box.

On hearing of the theft, the Co-op, along with other members of the local community responded by giving seeds to the family and gifts, including soft toys.

Colin Macleod, head of the Channel Islands co-op, said he did not want the incident to have an effect on Winter's "love of growing".

Amelia, Winter and Colin Macleod
Adelina d'Orleans
Winter's sister Amelie (left) Winter, 5 (middle) and Colin Macleod (right)

Guernsey 'cannot make financial commitment' to finish Alderney pool

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey cannot make further large financial commitments to the half built Alderney Community Swimming Pool, a deputy has said.

The project has already cost more than £500,000, and independent consultants have been called to review whether a further £250,000 of public money should be spent on it.

Deputy Barry Brehaut said the project "had to be finished", and the States needed to help this, but added "that doesn't mean we can give an enormous financial commitment".

Alderney aerial view

Cochrane hangs up Guernsey FC boots

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Former Guernsey FC captain Sam Cochrane has retired from the island side.

The 31-year-old, who led the Green Lions from their foundation in 2011, stepped down as captain last season.

Sam Cochrane
Fran Torode

The last of Cochrane's 186 appearances came in the 2-0 loss at Whyteleafe last month.

He led the club to the FA Vase semi-finals in 2013 and two promotions.

"My playing days with Guernsey FC are now at an end. A clear understanding to all my friends on here also who know how big a part of my life this football club has been for the last seven years is important," he said.

A bright and breezy start

BBC Weather

A bright and breezy start for all before cloud will increase during the afternoon as rain begins to arrive from the west.

A cool feel to the day, especially in the wind.

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

In Jersey:


In Guernsey:


SandpiperCI aquires iQ Apple reseller

Rob England

BBC News Online

The only official Apple product re-seller in the Channel Islands, iQ, has been bought by SandpiperCI, which runs supermarkets and UK retail franchises in the islands.

SandpiperCI said no redundancies were expected, and new job roles would be created.

Chief executive officer Tony O'Neil said: "We're intending to build on IQ's success by investing in additional staff, marketing and resources."

Man charged with attempted murder

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

A man has been charged with attempted murder following what police describe as a serious assault this weekend.

Darren McKeegans, 27, was arrested after an incident in St Helier in the early hours of yesterday morning.

He is expected to appear before the Magistrates Court this morning.

Islanders protest plans for 83 homes at Pointues Rocques

BBC Radio Guernsey


Planning authorities in Guernsey need to make the "correct decision" and deny permission to build 83 homes on a conservation area at Pointues Rocques in St Sampson, a deputy has said.

At a protest on Saturday, Deputy Lyndon Trott said NIMBY-ism (Not In My Back Yard) was not the driving force behind local opposition.

Residents said they were "fed up" with developments in the area, and the proposed plans would lead to "overcrowding" in local schools, and congestion on narrow roads.

Guernsey Police said more than 300 islanders turned out to the protest.

The Development and Planning Authority have yet to debate on the proposed plans.

Kenyans win Jersey Marathon

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Kenyan Hillary Chirchir held off the challenge from his fellow countryman Emmanuel Melly to win the Jersey Marathon.

Chirchir and Melly had been side-by-side in the lead from early on but it was Chirchir who had the stronger finish to stride away for victory, winning in a time of 2:22:31.

Hillary Chirchir and Emmanuel Melly
Jersey Marathon

Guernsey-based Ulrike Maisch took the women's title in of two hours, 57 minutes and 26 seconds.

Phil Ahier was the first Jersey man across the finish line at the Weighbridge in St Helier, in sixth spot.

Portuguese man-of-war count reaches 12 in Guernsey

Rob England

BBC News Online

The number of sightings in Guernsey of the jellyfish-like Portuguese man-of-war has risen to 12, according to the States.

The most recent two sightings were on Belvoir Bay in Herm, and on Saint’s Bay in Guernsey.

Portuguese man-of-war
Joanna Clegg

Portuguese man-of-war have been sighted in the Channel Islands and across the South West of England in recent months.

A spokesman for the States has advised the public to "remain vigilant" on beaches, and to report sightings to Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services.

Beachgoers are advised not to touch any man-of-war, and to keep dogs on leads to protects them.

For swimmers, a wetsuit or a rash vest is recommended.

NHS guidelines on what to do if you get stung can be found here.

Extra police patrols after man is assaulted in St Helier flat

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey police will put on extra patrols around the Robin Hood junction on Rouge Boullion following a serious assault this weekend.

Officers said a 19-year-old man was attacked in a flat at about 06:30 BST on Sunday morning.

His injuries are described as serious but not life threatening.

Police said the extra patrols were to reassure people in the area who may have been affected by the incident.

A 27-year-old man is in custody.

Jersey police hq

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BBC News Online

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