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  1. Man taken to hospital after Jersey crash
  2. Sexual harassment at work 'hugely unreported' says Jersey detective
  3. Road users 'at risk' as Gas Place road signs in Jersey ignored
  4. Tardif could be Muratti player-manager
  5. UK bell-ringers set new world record in Alderney
  6. Updates on Thursday 26 October

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Rob England

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

We'll be back on Friday 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.

Channel Islands to be assessed by EU for 'tax transparency'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's deputy chief minister will travel to Brussels next week in the hope of showing the island is a "leading international finance centre", according to the States.

Deputy Lyndon Trott will meet representatives from the UK, France, Ireland, Romania, Cyprus, Italy and Jersey at the latest meeting of the EU Code of Conduct Group.

The group is currently assessing 90 non-EU countries on the transparency of their tax laws.

He said he wanted to make it clear Guernsey is meeting every international standard of transparency and information exchange and does not facilitate tax evasion.

The Code of Conduct Group should remember that only a few years ago Guernsey voluntarily submitted its tax regime for evaluation, and it was found fully compliant with EU rules. If it isn’t now, then the goalposts have been moved and no one has told us."

Deputy Lyndon Trott

Weather: Cloudy and damp tomorrow, but turning bright

BBC Weather

Friday will probably start cloudy and damp it but it will brighten up from the north through the morning, and sunny spells will develop widely during the afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 15C (59F)


Unreported sexual harassment 'due to lack of lower level crime law'

BBC Radio Jersey

Sexual harassment going unreported can be put down to a lack of a specific law against "lower level" abuse, according to a police detective in Jersey.

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A recent BBC survey found half of British women and a fifth of men have been sexually harassed at work or a place of study.

Det Ch Insp Alison Fossey said charges could be brought if the harassment was part of a wider crime that fell under current laws such as assault, in the case of indecent assault.

Another example, she said, would be if a person sent you obscene messages which could be charged as a telecommunications offence.

But Ms Fossey added that less serious harassment in the form of, for example, inappropriate comments would not usually amount to a criminal offence, and is not generally reported.

Airline's pre-flight fuel burn 'not good for environment'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A former Aurigny pilot has said fuel being burnt off from Dorniers before take off is an example of increased regulation of the airline industry over the last few years.

Recently an aircraft was seen having to burn 14kg (30lb) of fuel before it took off on a flight that was not full, but was carrying too much weight.

Captain Ray Bowyer, who has worked for 12 airlines, said this extra weight would "not have made a great deal of difference" and was not good for local residents or the environment.

Aurigny have declined to comment.


Careless drivers still risking children’s lives around park

Jersey Evening Post

Dangerous drivers are putting children’s lives at risk by ignoring no-entry signs near the Millennium Town Park – metres away from where a three-year-old boy was killed by a van last year – a parish official has said.

£1m paid out by States in 'incapacity benefit' in 2016

Rob England

BBC News Online

More than £1m was paid out to workers in Jersey who were unable to work last year due to ill health or injury, the States has said.

In 2016 the Health and Safety Inspectorate looked at 116 "high risk workplaces", held 58 investigations into "serious workplace accidents and incidents", and followed up on 163 "formal complaints" about working activities.

In their annual report, the inspectorate found the number of benefit claims by ill or injured workers fell last year for the first time since 2013.

Employers and workers automatically pay into a fund for this benefit, which is held and administered by social security.

In total 1,356 claims were made in 2016 and the States paid out £1m worth of benefits, which a spokesman said was still "too high", adding, "work must continue to sustain this downward trend".

The number of working days lost was 38,818, the average claim being about 28 days.

Lack of communication between States organisations 'shocking'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A lack of communication between two senior Guernsey States committees has been described as "shocking" by a deputy.

At a scrutiny panel hearing yesterday deputies agreed a £30m target set by the Policy and Resources Committee for the States Trading Supervisory Board to pay over the next five years came "out of the blue".

President of the Scrutiny Management Committee, Deputy Chris Green, said policy and resources had announced this with "little or no consultation".

New stamps issued marking Queen's platinum wedding anniversary

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey Post has commissioned a set of stamps to mark Queen Elizabeth's 70th wedding anniversary.

The stamps will be available in branches from 3 November ahead of their platinum anniversary on the 20 November.

Melanie Gouzinis, Head of Philatelic at Jersey Post, said it marked "an important milestone" in the lives of the Queen and Prince Philip.

Platinum anniversary stamp
Jersey Post

Weather: Low cloud spreading to the west with fog overnight

BBC Weather

It'll be a dry afternoon, with low cloud and patchy drizzle spreading in the far west, keeping most temperatures mild,

There may initially be clear spells further east, allowing patchy fog to form overnight.

Minimum Temperature: 12C (53F)

In Jersey:


In Guernsey:


Guernsey dowser takes a 'back seat' after winning award

BBC Radio Guernsey

The life president of the Guernsey Dowsers is taking a step back from the spotlight after winning the national Bell Award for the second time.

According to the society's website dousing is "accessing information which is usually beyond the range of the normal five human senses" using the human "sixth sense".

An activity associated with dowsing is the locating of water using a L or Y shaped twig or rod.

The award was given by the British Society of Dowsers for services to literature around the practice.

Tony Talmage said he would be taking a "back seat" in the society for the foreseeable future.

Dowsing rod
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Water craft registry grows in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

There has been an increase in the number of people registering kayaks and other water craft on an identification scheme run by the Jersey Coastguard.

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It was set up a couple of years ago and encourages water users with smaller craft to register with them, as crews were finding many craft adrift with no way of identifying them.

Bjorn Risebrow, from the coastguard, said in the event of an emergency, it was helpful for crews to be able to identify vessels to help with search efforts.

Currently there are 618 craft registered on the scheme, with 300 of those joining this year, he said.

Val des Terres closed from Sunday

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Val des Terres in Guernsey will close from this Sunday for four weeks to install safety netting to reduce the risk from falling rocks, the States have said.

The footpath will remain open for pedestrians, however, cyclists are being warned that if they ride up the hill, they put themselves and contractors at risk.

Works on the Val des Terres will not start until Colborne Road is open.

Bell ringers 'didn't know they could stand up for that long'

BBC Channel Islands News

A team of bell ringers are celebrating after breaking their own world record.

Bell ringers

The group from the UK managed 25,000 sound changes in 16 hours and seven minutes at St Anne's Church, Alderney.

Michael Wilby, one of the organisers and one of the 12 ringers, said it was by no means easy, and it wasn't until the last hour that the team thought they might achieve their objective.

"We had to ring for 14 hours before we were anywhere near close to breaking new ground", he said.

Adding, "after that we were in uncharted territory, we didn't know everyone could stand up for that long".

Princess Royal visits Durrell project in Madagascar

BBC Radio Jersey

The Princess Royal, a patron of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust based in Jersey, has visited Madagascar to support a project aiming to save a rare species of duck.

There are less that 30 Madagascan pochard in the wild, making the species critically endangered.

Princess Anne went to Antsohihy to visit conservationists working on a project to set up a breeding programme, supported by Durrell and other partners, so the wildfowl can be released into the wild.

The centre was set up using eggs from wild nests and in 2016 the 100th duckling hatched.

Madagascan Pochard duckling

Road closure extended on Lower Pollet

BBC Radio Guernsey

Flood mitigation works on Lower Pollet road in St Peter Port have proved "more extensive than first anticipated", according to the States.

As a result, the road closure has been extended to Wednesday 1 November.

Traffic and Management Services said drivers will still be able to access Le Pollet and La Plaiderie through La Tourgand, which is temporarily open to two-way traffic.

More than £20k raised by visitors to Little Chapel

BBC Radio Guernsey

More than £20,000 has been raised by visitors to Guernsey's Little Chapel in the last year, according to bosses.

The money is being spent on a "major renovation" and has been boosted by a £1,000 donation from the Bailiwick of Guernsey Accredited Guides.

Pat Johnson, chair of the Little Chapel Foundation, said the project is now into "phase three" and some "fairly complicated" outside work was on the cards, as well as replacing the chapel's floors and lighting.

Little Chapel
Ben Chapple

National award for the man who makes it happen for the guests

Jersey Evening Post

He can source sold-out FA Cup final tickets at the drop of the hat and knows his regulars’ favourite white wine or brandy.

Jersey employee tops list of LGBT business leaders

BBC Radio Jersey

A transgender man from Jersey has topped a list of inspirational LGBT leaders by the Financial Times.

Stuart Barette is an IT professional with HSBC in the island who has taken a lead role in improving the bank's relationships with LGBT clients and employees.

He was number one in the newspaper's list of 50 OUTstanding Future leaders for 2017.

Mr Barette said he was "thrilled" to have his diversity work honoured.

Stuart Barette

Cyclists asked to obey road closure signs

Guernsey Press

Le Val Des Terres is to close for four weeks from Sunday, and cyclists, in particular, are being warned not to ignore the road closure signs.

Financial Services Commission chair calls for more foster parents

BBC Radio Jersey

The chairman of Jersey's financial services regulator is adding his voice to a campaign to find more people willing to adopt or foster children.

Lord Eatwell, who chairs the Jersey Financial Services Commission, was adopted and said it set "the tone and direction" for his life, which would have been different without his adoptive parents.

"Being adopted by two wonderful people has given me a permanent feeling of being lucky", he said.

Fostering and Adoption Jersey is currently looking for 15 more foster parents to deal with demand.

Lord Eatwell

Campaign started to save Les Beaucamps

Guernsey Press

A campaign has been started to keep Les Beaucamps High School open.

Traffic diverted in St Peter Port for field of remembrance

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Dean of Guernsey will dedicate the field of remembrance today in St Peter Port and traffic will be diverted away from the war memorial.

The dedication marks the beginning of the poppy appeal in Guernsey.

Poppies for poppy appeal
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It will begin at 13:00 in the presence of the Deputy Bailiff Richard McMahon, the president of the Royal British Legion Guernsey and other representatives of service organisations.

Diversions will begin at about 12:45 at the site on Smith Street, half hour parking in the area will also be suspended.

Veteran Tim Slann said the service was important to begin to remember lost comrades and keep them "at the forefront of our minds".

Members of the public are encouraged to place remembrance crosses at the memorial after the service.

Man in 'stable condition' following car fire

Rob England

BBC News Online

A 33-year-old man who was "seriously injured" following a car crash is in a stable condition, according to the States.

A white audi caught fire in the crash in St John this morning.

The driver was taken to Jersey hospital at 07:11 and was treated at A&E and transferred to a hospital ward within the last hour, a spokesman said.

Car fire

Arrests made following Beau Sejour vehicle damage

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police have arrested five people so far following damage to 10 vehicles parked in the Beau Sejour and Cambridge Park area on Tuesday night.

Wing mirrors and windows were smashed on the vehicles, and many were left with dents.

Officers said investigations were continuing and they have renewed their appeal for any further information about the incident.

Damaged car
Guernsey Police

Staff training blamed for tax form delay

Jersey Evening Post

Staff training has been blamed for a delay in the number of tax forms which have so far been processed.

Flights delayed across Jersey and Guernsey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Poor weather conditions have caused flight delays across the Channel islands. Low cloud has caused some of delays.

In Guernsey:

There are delays and cancellations on Aurigny services this morning. The 08:00 Aurigny flight from Alderney is delayed, with no indication on arrival time, as well as the 08:25 service.

The 11:00 flight to Alderney has been cancelled.

In Jersey:

The 10:30 London City flight to Jersey is now expected at 14:00 and the 12:30 service from Glasgow expected at 13:05 due to late inbound aircraft.

Deposit scheme panel called on 33 times to arbitrate

BBC Radio Jersey

tenants deposit
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A panel set up to resolve disputes over tenant deposits in Jersey has been called on 33 times, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

The Mydeposits scheme provides protection for tenants' deposit money for the duration of their rental period.

It means a landlord can only make "reasonable deductions" from the deposit to pay for damages to the property.

Of the disputes so far, the service decided to split the award between the tenant and landlord 40% of the time.

For the rest, in 32% of the cases the scheme ruled in favour of the landlord's demands of the deposit, and in 28% of them ruled in favour of the tenant.

Last year landlords were warned not to try and get around the scheme by treating rent paid in advance as a deposit.

Car fire and crash in St John: Road remains closed

Rob England

BBC News Online

A road junction remains closed after a man was injured in a car crash this morning.

Police said the 33-year-old was taken to hospital after the car crash and fire on the junction of Le Neuf Chemin and La Rue de la Mare Ballam, in St John.

The area remains closed, with no indication of when it will re-open.

A spokesman for Jersey hospital said the man was brought in at about 07:11 and his treatment was ongoing.

Dry and bright with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Early cloud will tend to break, with most places becoming dry and bright with good spells of sunshine developing through the afternoon.

Mist and cloud may return to western areas later.

Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).





Channel Islands Christmas Lottery prize rises to £400,000

Rob England

BBC News Online

The guaranteed first prize for the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery has risen to £400,000, it's been confirmed.

The prize goes up as more tickets are sold, and organisers hope to raise as much as possible for local charities.

The lottery raised £1,250,482 in 2016, and the top prize reached £1,120,220.

Tickets cost £2 and are available at retailers across the islands, with the draw due to be held on the 19 December.

Channel Islands Lottery
Channel Islands Lottery

Tardif could be Muratti player-manager

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Chris Tardif says he could be the first player-manager in a Muratti.

The former Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Oxford United goalkeeper, 38, was named as Guernsey's new manager on Wednesday.

Tardif, who succeeded Steve Sharman as Guernsey boss, has not played since badly breaking his leg in October 2016 while playing for Guernsey FC.

Chris Tardif
Fran Torode

"I don't know if I'm going to play again or not. I'm working hard on my rehab, if i do play it won't be until January at the earliest," he said.

"I'm not worried about the player-manager side for the Muratti, it's 'am I going to play again?'

"If I do then that's another scenario for me to unravel in my head as to whether I involve myself in the Muratti or not."

GCHQ help out with cyber security

Jersey Evening Post

A new partnership with a branch of GCHQ aiming to tackle and raise awareness of cyber security threats has been established by the governments of Jersey and Guernsey.

Road users 'at risk' as Jersey road signs ignored

BBC Radio Jersey

Drivers are "putting themselves in danger" by not paying attention to new signs at Gas Place, in Jersey.

The changes are part of a road safety review after the death of three-year-old Clinton Pringle, who was hit by a van outside Millennium Park in 2016.

The new layout has been in place since the end of September.

But, honorary police officers said cars had been seen going through "no entry" roads and not adhering to signs.

The Parish of St Helier said anyone caught failing to adhere to the road signs could be fined up to £1,000.

Bell-ringers set world record in Alderney

BBC Radio Guernsey

A group of UK bell-ringers have set a new world record in Alderney.

The team managed 25,000 sound changes in 16 hours and seven minutes at St Anne's Church, breaking their own record.

Stephen Rossiter was one of the official umpires and said it was a "wonderful moment" when they achieved their goal.


Sexual harassment 'massively unreported' in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey detective has said sexual harassment at work is hugely unreported in the island.

A BBC survey found half of British women and a fifth of men have been sexually harassed at work or a place of study.

Of the women who said they had been harassed, 63% said they did not report it to anyone, and 79% of the male victims kept it to themselves.

Det Ch Insp Alison Fossey said the situation in Jersey was very similar to the UK and one of the reasons is sexual harassment is not a criminal offence itself.

Man taken to hospital following crash

BBC Radio Jersey

A man has been taken to hospital after a crash and car fire in Jersey, police have said.

It happened this morning on the junction of Le Neuf Chemin and La Rue De La Mare Ballam, in St John.

Officers are advising islanders to stay away from the area.

The condition of the man is not yet known, but police said he was clear of the car fire when they arrived.

Buses have been diverted away from the area.

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BBC News Online

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