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Summary

  1. 'No children' housing policy 'should be illegal'
  2. 'Pleasant surprises' in Guernsey's 2018 budget
  3. Aurigny to bid for Alderney air link route
  4. Newall murders: 30 years on from their disappearance
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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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.

'No formal approach' from Sark for customs post

BBC Radio Guernsey

A member of Guernsey's Committee for Home Affairs said no-one in Sark has approached them about the idea of setting up a customs post on the island.

The president of Sark's Chamber of Commerce, Tony le Leivre, previously said this may boost visitor numbers, as boats from France could visit without having to go through Guernsey or Jersey.

Deputy Victoria Oliver said a delegation from Sark has yet to make an appeal.

Mr le Leivre said the chamber was still working on getting the political will in Sark for the post, as there was a feeling an approach from the Chief Pleas would "carry more weight" with the Guernsey committee.

Sark
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Drive to fly American to Jersey raises £500

Jersey Evening Post

Hundreds of pounds were raised in a matter of hours by Islanders hoping a confused American who accidentally joined a Jersey Facebook group – despite not knowing where the Island is – can travel to Jersey on holiday.

Cloudy again tomorrow

BBC Weather

Another predominantly cloudy day, with a chance of occasional light rain and drizzle, mist and low cloud.

Similar to today, some brighter spells may develop across the islands later on, helping to make it feel mild again.

Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F)

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Organisation set up to support families of prisoners

BBC Radio Jersey

A new organisation is been formed to offer support to Jersey people if a member of their family is in prison.

Caritas Jersey has set up the group, the Prisoners' Families Support Scheme, which offers practical help to stop people getting into debt and children being bullied at school.

Graca Ramos, a counsellor working with the organisation, said it is difficult for young people to "adjust" if a member of their family is in prison, because they suddenly feel "hugely different to other children".

She added, it could be "traumatic", as it was not a situation society sees as normal.

Campaigner calls for assisted dying debate

BBC Radio Guernsey

The prospect of assisted dying needs to be debated by the States of Guernsey, according to a local campaigner.

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Sarah Griffith, whose mother has Alzheimer's, said it was not right to force somebody to live in the way she has to.

Miss Griffith wants islanders to have the option of ending their own lives if they are suffering from a terminal illness that severely affects their quality of life.

She has written to the island's States members and said she has already heard from five who are happy to debate the issue.

Housing development plans re-submitted for St Martin

BBC Radio Jersey

Plans to build 20 homes on a field in St Martin have been re-submitted to Jersey's planning department.

The land opposite St Martin's Garage was rezoned for affordable homes in 2014 as part of the Island Plan review.

But proposals by the St Martin's housing association were refused last year because of the impact the development would have on neighbours.

The scheme has been re-designed and it is hoped, if approved, building would start next year.

Liquid waste charge plans taken on by treasury department

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's treasury department will take over plans to charge people for getting rid of their liquid and solid waste, a States scrutiny panel has revealed.

The proposal was originally the responsibility of the infrastructure department, but has run into difficulties after a series of objections.

Now, there will be more consultation before any charges are brought in.

A decision on whether to introduce the charges is expected next year, and if approved could be in force by 2019.

Light rain and low cloud overnight

BBC Weather

Occasional light rain and drizzle, mist and low cloud will continue overnight.

Some clear spells will also occur, but still it will remain mild across the islands.

Minimum Temperature: 13C (55F)

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Former honorary settles in to new beat at Avon and Somerset

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

A former honorary police officer has had his first shift on duty for Avon and Somerset Constabulary as a special constable.

Ian Le Sueur moved to Somerset earlier this year and said the training he received for working on the beat in St Brelade's was enough to allow him to transfer straight in to his new force.

Mr Le Sueur said it may be the first time an honorary police officer has been moved on a "non home office transfer".

He added: "The honorary police is a great way to learn about your community, learn about yourself and how you deal with certain situations and that has really transferred itself over here."

Ian Le Sueur
Julie Le Sueur

Clipper due back in service following maintenance work

Guernsey Press

Condor's passenger and freight ship, the Commodore Clipper, is due to resume normal service on Wednesday after spending a month in dry dock undergoing planned maintenance at a cost of almost £3m.

Recruitment consultants used to fill 'crucial roles' in States

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States used recruitment consultants to fill "crucial roles" in government, a spokesman has said.

The response comes after a Freedom of Information request revealed £1,042,207.75 was paid out by the States to recruitment firms between 2012-2016.

A spokesman for the Chief Minister's Department said recruitment for the States was not always "straightforward", and consultants were "the most efficient means" of finding the right candidates.

He added the overall figure covered roles such as the chair of the Jersey appointments commission, the financial ombudsman, the Attorney General, the Solicitor General, the director of financial services, the director of education, members of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and the comptroller of taxes.

'Regulations' behind families with children being refused housing

BBC Radio Jersey

The head of the Jersey Landlords Association has said some members cannot house families because they would be breaking the law.

Robert Weston said there are regulations on how many people you can house in certain size properties.

Deputy Montfort Tadier is bringing a proposal to the States on Tuesday to stop landlords refusing to rent homes to families with children.

But Mr Weston said in registered accommodation such as lodging houses, for example, landlords must specify the number of occupants allowed in a room of a certain size, and bringing in extra tenants, including children, would be illegal.

Artwork to pay for dementia home goes on display

BBC Radio Jersey

More than 100 works of art, which will be auctioned to build Jersey's first nursing and dementia home for elderly people with learning disabilities, has gone on display.

The project is being run by Les Amis Jersey, which supports people with learning disabilities.

The works of art, which includes paintings by some of Jersey's best-known artists, will be on display in the Town Hall until Friday 13 October.

Application submitted to give wall 'listed status'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Sea wall
BBC

Before the States voted to remove part of the L'Ancresse sea wall, the Vale Commons Council in Guernsey put in an application to make it a listed structure, it has been revealed.

The council oversee the area of the L'Ancresse Common.

States members voted in favour of the partial removal of the eastern end of the historic wall, build during the occupation.

President of the Vale Commons Council Peter Blake said it was agreed the wall "needed to be preserved", echoing the thoughts of protesters against the removal.

The application is being considered by the States.

Bull semen scheme to help country in Africa

Jersey Evening Post

A plan to boost milk production in Malawi by artificially inseminating thousands of cows in the impoverished African country with Jersey bull semen is being drawn up.

Newall murders: 30 years on

Nicholas and Elizabeth Newall
BBC
Nicholas and Elizabeth Newall were officially declared dead in 1990

This week marks 30 years since the disappearance of Nicholas and Elizabeth Newall in Jersey was announced.

On the 10 October 1987, 48-year-old Elizabeth Newall was celebrating her birthday with her husband Nicholas, 56.

They were joined by their sons Roderick, 22 and Mark, 21, who it was later discovered beat their parents to death at their home in Clos de L’Antique.

Roderick & Mark Newall
BBC
Roderick and Mark Newall

A powerful storm, later known as the "great storm" which hit the island covered up the burial site, and the sudden disappearance of Elizabeth and Nicholas remained unsolved for five years.

Following a secretly recorded confession from Roderick by his father's twin brother the pair were eventually caught by police.

Roderick confessed to both murders, and spent 12 years in prison from a double life sentence, whilst Mark served three years.

Last week to exchange or use old £1 coins

Rob England

BBC News Online

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Islanders have just one week left to spend old £1 coins before they cease to be legal tender.

From 16 October, the round £1 coin will be fully replaced by the new 12-sided version.

About 1.2bn coins have so far been returned across the British Isles, but an estimated 500 million are still in circulation.

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States of Jersey

Swimarathon reaches the finish line in bumper year

Guernsey Press

A project to renovate the children’s section of a library will benefit from £25,000 as a result of the 2017 Skipton Swimarathon which finished yesterday.

Political summit held to discuss 'duty of rememberance'

BBC Channel Islands News

Representatives from Guernsey and Jersey attended the annual political summit between the Channel Islands, the department of La Manche and the region of Normandy this weekend.

Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq from Guernsey's Policy and Resources Committee, the Chief Minister of Jersey, Senator Ian Gorst, and Jersey's Minister for the Environment Deputy Stephen Luce were present at the official visit to Caen.

Delegates from the Channel Islands were invited to work alongside six other European countries on matters relating to the Second World War.

They discussed how to communicate the "duty of remembrance" to future generations, how to support the existing educational links with Normandy, and stimulating "student mobility".

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Ferry provider launches survey ahead of inter-island route proposal

Rob England

BBC News Online

A Guernsey-based ferry operator, tipped to apply for the contract to run a new inter-island route, has launched a survey to look at passenger's needs.

Bumblebee Marine said passenger preferences would be considered before the company submits its proposals for the new route.

The new transport link is being backed by the States of Jersey and Guernsey.

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Bumblebee Marine
A representative vessel for the proposed service

More than £1m spent on 'recruitment specialists' by States

Rob England

BBC News Online

More than £1m was spent by the States of Jersey in the last five years on recruitment consultants to fill vacant staff roles in government, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Between 2012-2016, £1,042,207.75 was split between the firms Odgers Berndtson, Thomas and Dessain Ltd, Gatenby Sanderson Ltd and Green Park.

The most money was spent on recruiting for the Chief Minister's department, which came to £469,429.92.

Mammoth veg breaks records

Jersey Evening Post

A huge cucumber and a massive marrow were among the star attractions at this year’s Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society Autumn Fair – and both were grown by the same person.

Finding housing 'almost impossible' for some parents

BBC Radio Jersey

A woman who is having to live in a shelter with her daughter whilst searching for a home has said it is "almost impossible", due to the high demand for landlords who will allow families with children.

Izabela Crowley said it takes months to find suitable accommodation with no restrictions on children, adding her non-qualified housing status made it even harder.

Deputy Montfort Tadier is bringing a proposal to the States Assembly on Tuesday to stop landlords refusing to rent homes to families with children.

Earlier this month, the BBC heard from a mother of two who slept in her car from six weeks whilst trying to find somewhere to live.

Guernsey cruise ship season comes to an end

Rob England

BBC News Online

Guernsey Harbours says it's greeted almost 100 cruise ships this summer, as the season draws to a close.

More than 100,000 passengers visited the island as a result.

The new season will begin in March 2018.

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'Pleasant surprises' in Guernsey's 2018 budget

Rob England

BBC News Online

Guernsey's most senior politician has given a brief preview of the 2018 budget.

Deputy Gavin St Pier said there were "no surprises" in the budget "other than pleasant ones".

He also hinted at "joint working" with the third, or voluntary sector.

The draft budget will be released today and debated in a States meeting on 7 November.

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Jersey gamer enters international VR eSports tournament

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey computer gamer is taking part in an international competition where he could win part of a $1m prize pool.

Tim McGuinness is taking part in a Virtual Reality (VR) game called Echo Arena.

He will be wearing a VR headset which helps immerse the player in another world.

The game is a combination of football and frisbee and Mr McGuinness said some of the best gamers from around the world are taking part. The competition will take place Hamburg, Germany, at the end of October.

Father and son playing VR
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The calibre of the gamers themselves is extremely high across the board. A lot of individuals and organisations put forward teams which are paid a similar wage to some small football clubs."

Tim McGuinness

Brexit: 'Critical' Channel Islands builds closer ties with Europe

Rob England

BBC News Online

Senator Ian Gorst
BBC

With Brexit negotiations continuing, it is "critical" the Channel Islands works to build closer ties with Europe, according to Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst.

Speaking after a political summit in Caen, senator Gorst said Jersey "highly valued" the relationship between the island and the neighbouring Normandy region of France for trade, tourism and education.

He added Brexit presented "increasing challenges" to links with Europe, but the island was working to build a closer relationship based on "educational and cultural endeavours".

This week the fifth round of Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU begin in Brussels.

It is the final set of talks before EU leaders meet to decide if enough progress has been made to talk about post-Brexit relations with the UK.

All businesses could pay corporation tax in Guernsey - deputy

BBC Radio Guernsey

A States member has said he is "virtually certain" all Guernsey businesses will have to start paying corporation tax again.

Deputy Charles Parkinson said he believes the EU and other pressure groups will eventually change the island's current zero ten status.

He said it is "financially and morally right" businesses pay up, and it is becoming "increasingly unacceptable" the island offers businesses zero tax opportunities.

St Clement stay top of Premiership

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Newly-promoted St Clement went top of Jersey's Premiership after a 5-1 win over Grouville.

James Walsh scored twice for the parish side who have won their opening two matches.

Jersey Premiership
Jersey Football Combination

Reigning champions St Paul's won their first league game of the season with a comfortable 4-1 win at second-placed St Ouen as island striker Craig Russell scored two, with fellow Jersey players Stuart Andre and Karl Hinds also on the scoresheet.

Meanwhile Jules Gabbiadini and Charlie Payn each scored twice as Jersey Wanderers got their first win of the season with a 6-1 victory over Rozel Rovers.

Cloudy with occasional drizzle

BBC Weather

Today will be predominantly cloudy with occasional light rain and drizzle, mist and low cloud.

However, some brighter spells may develop across Jersey later today, helping to make it feel mild.

Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F)

In Jersey:

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In Guernsey:

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Excluding young families from properties 'not fair' says deputy

BBC Radio Jersey

There are calls for it to be made illegal for Jersey landlords to advertise properties that will not accept children.

Deputy Montfort Tadier wants the States to stop landlords excluding young families.

Deputy Tadier says excluding people is not fair - and is a form of discrimination which can affect society.

Montfort Tadier
BBC

There used to be policies in the UK about 'no blacks, no Irish' for example, housing is a fundamental human right, no-one forces landlords to rent their properties out but if you do want to, especially in the current climate where we have a shortage of housing then there are rights and responsibilities on both sides."

Deputy Montfort Tadier

Overseas aid projects announced

Jersey Evening Post

Next year’s community work projects run by Jersey Overseas Aid will be in Tanzania, Mongolia and Lebanon, it has been announced.

Pay by phone parking trial extended

BBC Radio Jersey

You can pay for your parking by phone in four car parks in Jersey from today.

A trial scheme is being extended to Patriotic Street and Les Jardins car parks.

The system is already being used in Green Street and Pier Road.

Drivers can still use paycards, season tickets and eco permits.

Landowner fined £3,000 for his car ‘graveyard’

Guernsey Press

Turning an agricultural field into a "graveyard" for cars, tyres and broken pots has resulted in a man being fined £3,000.

Guernsey hockey teams progress

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey's men and women have both progressed to the second round of their respective England Hockey Tier Two Championships.

The island's men, who made the final of the event's forerunner - the EH Trophy - in four of the last five years - cruised past Marlow 7-0.

Guernsey Hockey
BBC

Sam Dawes hit a hat-trick along with further goals from Andy Whalley, Nairn Guilbert, Zak Damarell and Steve Waldrom.

Guernsey's women beat London Wayfarers 4-3 on penalty flicks after a 1-1 draw at Footes Lane.

Aurigny to bid for Alderney air link route

BBC Radio Guernsey

An open tender to run air links to Alderney is expected to be ready by early 2018.

The Committee for Economic Development said it is working on what is known as a public service obligation - a government fund to help a company or organisation run an essential service.

Deputy Charles Parkinson, who represents the States as a shareholder of Aurigny, said the States-owned airline will bid for the tender, but it could mean the route is run by another company.

Auringy Dornier
BBC

'No children' housing policy 'a human rights issue'

BBC Radio Jersey

Landlords should not be allowed to exclude people with children from renting homes, a deputy has said.

Deputy Montfort Tadier is bringing a proposal to the States Assembly on Tuesday to stop landlords refusing to rent homes to families with children

He said it was a "human rights issue" which was not acceptable in the 21st Century.

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Independent Jersey Care Inquiry

Deputy Tadier added the issue was highlighted by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry panel, who singled out restrictive housing practices in Jersey as one of the main factors how children ended up in care and became vulnerable to abuse.

In their final report, published earlier this year, the panel said landlords restrictions on renting to families with children had been an issue and further reduced the pool of properties available to rent.

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BBC News Online

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