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  1. British-Irish Council: Jersey to host 2017 meeting
  2. Jersey same-sex marriage law: 'Mistakes' could mean further delays
  3. Guernsey Police: Admiral Park incident a 'hoax'
  4. Chouet headland only other 'suitable' quarry site
  5. Mumbai smart speaker 'stuck on BBC Radio Guernsey'
  6. Barclay Brothers' Littlewoods VAT claim dismissed
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

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We'll be back on Thursday 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.

'Executive Head' to oversee two Jersey schools

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Two Jersey secondary schools will have an extra headmaster overseeing their work after a leadership reshuffle by the education department.

Justin Donovan

John McGuinness, current head of Grainville will oversee both Grainville and Haute Vallee as 'executive head' with his current deputy taking on the role of head teacher at Grainville.

Current Deputy Head of Hautlieu will take over as head of Haute Vallee as current head Dave Rowarth is joining the education department to improve the teaching of digital skills.

Education Chief Officer, Justin Donovan says while this is a new approach for Jersey it is a recognised way to improve a schools performance in the UK.

Brexit could hit fisheries with cost of up to £500,000 in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

Brexit could cost Jersey's farming and fisheries industry about £500,000 per year according to the States of Jersey.

Environment Minister, Deputy Steve Luce, says the money is likely to cover any tariffs associated with Britain no longer being a member of the European Union.

He was speaking during a Brexit debate in the States of Jersey and said it would mainly hit the island's shellfish exports.

Parishes to receive one-off cut of £900,000

Jersey Evening Post

Each parish will receive a one-off cut of £900,000 set aside to pay rates bills on States properties this year.

Who are the Barclay brothers?

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Abuse victim lawyer 'impressed' at care inquiry work

BBC Radio Jersey

A lawyer acting for Jersey abuse victims says he is "impressed" by the work done by the States on implementing recommendations from the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report.

Alan Collins was responding to a progress report made to the States about the work that's been done since the report was published four months ago.

While Mr Collins says it shows there's a determination to learn from the report, he cautions that harder things are yet to come.

Jersey Care Inquiry
Jersey Care Inquiry

The big challenge is to ensure that Jersey's laws when it comes to child welfare and child protection are fit for the 21st century. Jersey is going to have to work with others post Brexit and that is a major undertaking.

Alan CollinsLawyer for abuse victims

Weather update: Clear and cool night

BBC Weather

A dry evening is on the way, with a cold and clear night.

Patchy mist and fog could form in the early hours.


Jersey weather forecast


Guernsey weather forecast
BBC Sport

Regional union boss says 'industrial action' possible

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The regional leader of a union representing 2,500 Jersey workers says his members will consider industrial action to get a better pay deal.

Unite Regional Secretary Peter Hughes is to campaign against what he sees as pay cuts for island workers.

He says he's concerned by the "austerity obsessed" Jersey government and says they "won’t be allowed to slash the wages of its workers".

A spokesman for the States disputed the claims from Mr Hughes and says they have offered to meet to brief him on discussions "so future comments can be more accurate".

He said: "It is disappointing that a UK representative, who has not been involved in any discussions, has made misleading statements that may worry States of Jersey employees."


David Noakes bailed ahead of 2018 trial

The creator of a controversial drug has been bailed ahead of a 2018 trial.

CEO and beneficial owner of the Guernsey-based Immuno Biotech Ltd, David Noakes, 64, today denied charges relating to the manufacture, possession, and sale of products including GcMAF.

Three others, including Mr Noakes' ex-wife, also denied the charges.

Mr Noakes also denied money laundering.

Bailing them, Judge Michael Grieve, QC warned them that failing to attend on 5 November 2018 would constitute a separate offence while the trial may go ahead without them.

The trial is expected to last up to six weeks, and will take place at Southwark Crown Court.

Prosecutors will not appeal against killer’s prison term

Jersey Evening Post

Prosecutors will not appeal against the length of the minimum jail term given to a killer who stabbed his neighbour 18 times, the JEP has learned.

Admiral Park: Police launch hoax investigation

BBC Channel Islands News

Empty car park at Admiral Park, Guernsey

An investigation has been launched to trace the caller behind the hoax that led to the Waitrose building and car park evacuated this afternoon.

Staff at the supermarket contacted police after receiving the threat and made the decision to evacuate.

Earlier, a bomb disposal unit was dispatched to deal with the incident, buses were diverted and traffic was told to avoid the area.

Jersey secondary school has new head teacher

BBC Radio Jersey

Stuart Hughes will take over at Haute Vallée School in the new year, leaving his current post as a deputy head at Hautlieu School.

Head teacher at Haute Vallée secondary school Stuart Hughes
Jersey Education Department

I see real potential in Haute Vallée to support the development and learning of young people. There are already excellent working relationships between the students and teachers, and the caring nature of the staff means we are extremely well placed to move forward."

Stuart HughesIncoming head teacher at Haute Vallée School

Guernsey Police: Admiral Park incident a 'hoax'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Admiral Park 'threat': What do we know?

BBC Radio Guernsey

Admiral Park
  • Guernsey Police are still dealing with an incident at Admiral Park
  • A "threat" involving an "alleged device" was made against a store
  • Staff then contacted police and made the decision to evacuate the building
  • A bomb disposal unit is at the scene
  • Motorists have been advised to avoid the area and buses are being diverted
  • Guernsey Police are working to establish where the threat came from. More information is expected later this afternoon

Industrial action threatened

Jersey Evening Post

Industrial action has been threatened by the island’s largest union as it urged its members to reject a three-year pay freeze proposed by the States.

Creator of drug made from human blood to stand trial

David Noakes
David Noakes stood for election unsuccessfully in Guernsey in 2015.

The creator of a controversial drug made from human blood will stand trial for risking patient safety to pocket millions from the sale of outlawed medicines.

David Noakes, 64, is the CEO and beneficial owner of the Guernsey-based Immuno Biotech Ltd.

He is said to have used the firm to actively promote products containing GcMAF, made using human blood, by holding it out as a cure for a number of illnesses and conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV and autism.

But products containing GcMAF are thought to cause a significant health risk.

Noakes appeared at Southwark Crown Court alongside associate Brian Hall, biochemist Emma Ward and ex-wife and distribution firm director Loraine Noakes to deny charges relating to the manufacture, possession and sale of products including the drug.

The former also denied money laundering in relation to £7m paid into Immuno's Guernsey bank accounts and a further £2m Noakes raked in personally from sales of GcMAF.

All four will stand trial at the same court next year.

Barclays 'disappointed' by billion pound tax judgement

Press Association

A £1.25bn tax ruling by the Supreme Court against a Barclay brothers-owned business has been greeted with both surprise and disappointment by the billionaire twins.

Sir David and Frederick Barclay, who own Brecqhou, a small island off Sark, said in a statement: "This is a disappointing outcome.

"Having succeeded in the High Court, the European Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal in a long process lasting over a decade, we are surprised by the Supreme Court's decision.

"Given the importance of the legal issues and the sums at stake, we felt a duty to pursue this to its ultimate conclusion.

"To that end, today's decision has provided legal certainty and we can now finally draw a line under this case."

Admiral Park evacuated: Latest from the scene

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Police at Waitrose, Admiral Park

The car park and premises at Guernsey's Waitrose store at Admiral Park have now been evacuated, after a "threat" involving an "alleged device", police said.

Guernsey Police said: "The store contacted us, having made the decision to evacuate the building.

"Our Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is currently in attendance and Guernsey Police are working to establish where the threat came from."

Guernsey Police have asked people to avoid the area, and buses have been diverted away from the site.

Police at Waitrose, Admiral Park

Admiral Park likely to remain closed for some time

Motorists have been advised to avoid Guernsey's Admiral Park while police deal with an ongoing incident.

Police at Waitrose, Admiral Park

Admiral Park incident: Police bomb team dealing with 'threat'


Admiral Park incident: On the scene

BBC Radio Guernsey

Waitrose has been evacuated and the car park has been shut.

Police have confirmed it's a security incident and there are reports of a bomb disposal unit at the scene

Further details are expected soon.

Reports of bomb disposal team on site

Members of Guernsey Police's bomb disposal team have been seen at the island's Admiral Park as emergency services report they are dealing with an ongoing incident.

Admiral Park Incident: Islanders asked to avoid the area


Islanders report being turned away from Admiral Park

Islanders have told the BBC that they have been turned away from Admiral Park by police officers.

Guernsey's emergency services have said they are dealing with an incident and an update is due shortly.

Admiral Park Incident: Latest

Guernsey's Joint Emergency Service Control Centre is due to issue an update on an incident shortly.

They've confirmed they are dealing with an incident at the site.

Bus provider CT Plus has tweeted buses are currently unable to visit the area.

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BreakingIncident at Guernsey's Waitrose Admiral Park site

Emergency services are dealing with an incident at Guernsey's Waitrose store at Admiral Park.

More information to follow.

'Rat run' drivers are 'breaking the law'

BBC Radio Jersey

An honorary policeman is warning drivers it is an offence to use no through roads as so-called rat runs in Jersey.

Forty drivers were recently caught using the road behind Beaumont to try to skip queues.

There are plans to change the road system if a building development gets a go-ahead.

St Peter Centenier Richard Vibert says those taking the shortcut are breaking the law: "In the legislation it is actually illegal to drive through goose green car park if you don't intend to park."

Barclay brothers lose Littlewoods tax battle

Press Association

Barclay brothers
Rex Features

The billionaire Barclay brothers have lost a decades-long battle with HMRC after the Supreme Court ruled that the taxman does not owe them £1.25bn.

Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay, who own Brecqhou, a small island off Sark, had been pursuing the claim after Littlewoods, the retailer they own through Shop Direct, overpaid VAT to HMRC between 1973 and 2004.

The company had already received a £205m refund from HMRC, together with "simple interest" of £268m, according to court filings.

But Littlewoods has been seeking "additional interest" calculated on a compound basis amounting to £1.25bn on the grounds of the "common law of restitution, either as restitution for a mistake of law, or as restitution of tax unlawfully demanded".

The Supreme Court, however, unanimously dismissed the claim.

‘Stick to diversion’ is advice on Delancey gridlock day two

Guernsey Press

People in Delancey Lane and Rue des Monts, St Sampson’s, experienced a second day of long traffic queues yesterday morning as motorists trying to bypass the Vale Road closure once again took to the back roads rather than using the official diversion.

Accidental listener feels 'lucky' it's Guernsey radio

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Radio Guernsey logo with India flag

A BBC radio fan says despite not being able to tune into the channels of his choice, he's lucky a glitch on his voice-controlled device has taken him to BBC Radio Guernsey.

Stanley Pignal has been left frustrated after his device started playing the station despite instructing it to play other BBC channels.

The journalist lives in Mumbai and became a fan of BBC radio while living in London.

"I've had really little choice than to listen to Radio Guernsey for the past week. "It's either you guys, or Indian radio, and there's only so much Indian radio that I'm willing to put up with."

Mr Pignal says he's a fan of the music the station plays, and knows Guernsey after visiting twice before.

"I feel lucky that it's BBC Guernsey, a place that I know a little bit and not BBC Isle of Man, or some obscure bit of Scotland that I've never been to."

Condor ‘committed to better day-trip service’

Jersey Evening Post

Condor Ferries will continue to look for new and innovative ways to improve inter-island services, the company’s chief operating officer has said.

'Solar halo' visible in Jersey

Perrio to focus on shorter distances

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Louise Perrio says she is unlikely to concentrate on the marathon next year, despite breaking the Guernsey record in her debut over the distance.

The 35-year-old took nearly five minutes off the Guernsey record in Frankfurt at the weekend as she clocked a time of 2 hrs 49 mins and 59 secs.

"I think I can get quicker over the shorter distances," she said.

Louise Perrio

"I think that's what I'm going to try and do next season and come back to the marathon afterwards."

She told BBC Radio Guernsey: "I ran a personal best for 1500m this year, so there's no reason why I can't get the same in the 5,000m or 10,000m next year."

The 2017 Island Games gold medallist over 10,000m and the half marathon was five minutes outside the time set by Guernsey's Athletics Club to support a nomination for next year's Commonwealth Games.

Weather: Plenty of sunshine but breezy

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

It will be a fine autumn day across the Channel Islands.

Plenty of sunshine here, 13C (55F) the top temperature.

There will be a brisk south or southeastely wind, though.

Channel Islands weather forecast

Travel: Further Guernsey delays expected

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Drivers can expect delays on Victoria Road in St Peter Port today as a crane unloads material to a building site.

The States of Guernsey says stop/go boards will be operating on the road today. Elsewhere:

  • Vale Road is closed for 12 weeks, bus route 22 is suspended and 21 is operating via the Bridge
  • The Val de Terres is closed for cliff work until the end of the month
  • La Gibauderie is closed between Dalgairns Road and Elm Grove until next Friday
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Citizen's Advice Guernsey named 'Charity of the Year'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Kate Raleigh and Kerry Ciotti from citizen's advice with their award
Kate Raleigh. left, and Kerry Ciotti, right, from Citizen's Advice Guernsey

Guernsey's Community Foundation has been named Citizen's Advice Guernsey "Charity of the Year for 2017" at a ceremony at St James' last night.

The service provides a range of advice to islanders, including how to cope with financial difficulties.

Kerry Ciotti said it was a "wonderful feeling" to be able to help people, with the accolade recognising the work of the service's volunteers.

"Personally it's a real privilege to work alongside all these volunteers who come in and want to do this every day," she said.

St Helier parking fine change

BBC Radio Jersey

If you need to pay a parking fine in St Helier you will now have to visit Sand Street Car Park's Office to pay up.

From today, you'll have to take your money to the site, instead of the town hall.

Mumbai smart speaker 'stuck on BBC Radio Guernsey'

BBC Radio Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey could be reaching "millions" of listeners in India, by accident, according to a frustrated fan of BBC radio.

Stanley Pignal, a journalist living in Mumbai, has taken to social media to declare his surprise that his voice-activated technology only lets him tune into one BBC radio station, BBC Radio Guernsey.

Mr Pignal, a correspondent in India for The Economist, says his device seems to be stuck.

"You never know, there could be millions who are listening to your show without you knowing about it," he said.

The BBC has approached Amazon, the company behind the voice-controlled technology, to find out why this is happening.

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Same-sex marriage law: 'Mistakes' could mean further delays

Naomi Dunning

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

CI Pride parade

Jersey's same-sex marriage laws could face a further delay following concerns from politicians.

Scrutiny Panel Chairman Deputy John Le Fondre has written to the chief minister, stating the law drafting process has been rushed.

Ministers were earlier forced to apologise for taking so long to progress a same-sex marriage law.

The law covers not only equal marriage, but outdoor weddings, protections for those caught up in sham and forced marriages, as well as new rules on what can be included in civil marriage ceremonies.

The intention was to debate the law this month so it could take effect from spring 2018, but the scrutiny panel says there are several mistakes in the law and it appears to have been rushed.

Deputy Le Fondre now plans to call in the legislation for further review, which could cause a further delay.