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Summary

  1. Law officers deciding over Rebelo murder prosecution
  2. Guernsey deputy dismisses idea of having compulsory voting and registration
  3. Jersey minister welcomes harassment reporting review
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Ryan Morrison

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Ryan Morrison

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Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for today.

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.

'Buyer beware' signs up at coastal car parks

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A States of Guernsey sign warning against buying cars from coastal car parks
BBC

People the world over like to pull up and enjoy seaside views in their cars, but in Guernsey some seem to have taken to perusing a selection of second-hand vehicles as well.

But from today would-be car buyers are being warned by The States of Guernsey in an initiative to try and stop vehicles being left for sale in coastal car parks. The sign above is at Bulwer Avenue, in St Sampson.

There were four vehicles for sale in the car park too.

Car for sale in coastal car park
BBC

Visitor figures ‘a little step in the right direction'

Guernsey Press

LinkImproving visitor statistics are just a ‘little step in the right direction’, according to the president of Economic Development.

Evening weather: Occasional light rain or drizzle

BBC Weather

Becoming breezy across the Channel Islands, as the cloud thickens to bring occasional light rain or drizzle, especially later tonight. Minimum Temperature: 10C (50F)

Jersey

Jersey Weather
BBC

Guernsey

Jersey weather
BBC

Guernsey tax expert 'frustrated and appalled' at Paradise Papers reporting

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Tax advisor Graham Parrott says he's frustrated and appalled by the way the findings revealed as part of the Paradise Papers story are being reported.

The Paradise Papers include 13.4m documents featuring details of offshore funds used by celebrities, politicians and multinational companies.

He says using off-shore companies to minimise tax is perfectly legal but the reputation damage to the islands is unavoidable.

We've been here before and you find yourself thinking 'ultimately we're going to be shut down', that is a stated aim whatever it means. The fact this is out there cannot be good.

Graham ParrottTax advisor

Investigation starts into Jersey's new hospital plans

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

An investigation into plans for Jersey's new general hospital started today and is led by independent planning inspector Philip Staddon.

It is common for any large government planning project to face an independent inspection and the hospital project is expected to cost more than £400m.

Health Minister, Senator Andrew Green, said the inspection won't be a problem unless the inspector rejects the plans. He says that will lead to them having to start again and could see more patients being sent to the UK for treatment.

Jersey Hospital
BBC

iPhone thief traced by victim's boyfriend

Jersey Evening Post

A man who picked up an iPhone 7 that had been left on a bus has been fined £750 and ordered to pay compensation equivalent to the cost of a new one.

'More education needed' to encourage voting

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A Guernsey politician says rather than introduce compulsory voting, the States should better educate people on the importance of voting.

Deputy Richard Graham was responding to calls for compulsory voting by Deputy Barry Paint. He says the island needs automatic voter registration and to explain why people should vote.

Deputy Richard Graham
BBC

"You get the government you deserve, you get the government you vote for and you also get the government you don't vote for."

Deputy Richard Graham

Minister wants to put 'people first' in Waterfront plans

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's planning minister says he want to put people first and buildings second when revising rules around building on the St Helier waterfront.

Deputy Steve Luce says a series of workshops on the subject are looking at how the town and the waterfront are connected.

Deputy Luce says the current waterfront plans may need to be adjusted to that the island gets the best deal possible.

Deputy Steve Luce
BBC

Lets see the ways the area is going to work and build around that. Lets not put the buildings in first and then suddenly realise that's a shame we put that building there as we could have had a view or could have had a bridge.

Deputy Steve LucePlanning Minister

Automatic voter registration 'needed for Guernsey'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey Deputy Richard Graham says while he doesn't support compulsory voting more does need to be done to increase the number of people registering to vote.

He says he would not support calls by Deputy Barry Paint to make voting compulsory as turnout is already over 70% in Guernsey and more in Sark.

Deputy Graham said: "If we have a problem it is that there are too many people eligible to vote that aren't registered to vote.

"I would support any initiative that brought about automatic insertion of anybody aged 16 to be eligible to vote."

States of Guernsey
BBC

Hundreds of knitted poppies on show in Jersey's market

BBC Radio Jersey

An exhibition of 1,700 hand knitted poppies are on display in Jersey's central market from today.

The work was inspired by the sweeping wave of red ceramic poppies at the Tower of London a few years ago.

Thousands of handmade poppies, some carefully crafted into wreaths, have been attached to the recently refurbished fountain in the central market.

Knitted poppies
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Knitted Poppies
BBC

Uber-style airline taking bookings, without app

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Waves single-engine Cessna 208 Caravan
Waves
Waves plans to operate it's "air-taxi service" between Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney, in a single-engine Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft

An Uber-style airline based in Guernsey promoting itself as a "technology company" is taking bookings from customers but is yet to launch the mobile app crucial to its business.

Waves' CEO Nick Magliochetti said in September the firm was a technology company trying to make aviation better.

The app is not yet available to the public, and the company was unable to give a date for its launch.

It said it had made the decision to offer public flights, bookable by email or over the telephone, because of the "large demand" for the service.

Waves was granted permission to carry passengers in the Channel Islands in September.

Alleged Paradise Papers hack investigated by Jersey police

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

States of Jersey Police are investigating an alleged hack on law firm Appleby that showed how celebrities, politicians and multinational companies use offshore jurisdictions to avoid tax.

The documents, known as the Paradise Papers, revealed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy, including the Queen's private estate, secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens.

The leak included more than 13m documents and was sent to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

Appleby Jersey
BBC

Appleby has offices in 10 jurisdictions including Jersey and Guernsey. The company says the data was hacked from its computers.

It says the hackers did such a careful job that a forensic investigation by a team of experts couldn't find any evidence that any data had been released.

The company says in a statement: "We wish to reiterate that our firm was not the subject of a leak but of a serious criminal act. This was an illegal computer hack."

States of Jersey Police confirmed they were contacted by the Jersey-based Appleby office regarding the apparent breach and data theft.

They said an investigation was ongoing as to whether any offences had been committed in Jersey.

Police dealing with more mental health welfare cases

Jersey Evening Post

The number of mental health-related welfare incidents that the States police have dealt with so far this year is up on 2016, new figures show.

Paradise Papers: 'No Guernsey approach'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Boats in St Peter Port, Guernsey
BBC

Guernsey's most senior politician says the island's government has not been approached by the consortium of journalists behind the release of the secret files detailing the tax activities of the wealthy and famous.

Deputy Gavin St Pier said the States had "not received a single approach" by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) following "the theft of data from Appleby".

He said: "Guernsey is a leading financial centre that meets every international standard of transparency and information exchange.

"We apply strict controls to ensure the island is not used by money launderers and that EU and UK Sanctions lists are enforced."

Jersey police have confirmed they are investigating an alleged hack on Appleby, the offshore law firm with offices there and in neighbouring Guernsey.

The release of the files comes at a sensitive time for the Crown Dependencies, which face the prospect of being included in a new consolidated EU tax blacklist, expected next month.

Zero tax 'doesn't equal tax dodging' says Jersey Finance head

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A huge new leak of financial documents has revealed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy, including the Queen's private estate, secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens.

The leak, dubbed the Paradise Papers, contains 13.4m documents, mostly from one leading firm in offshore finance.

Head of Jersey Finance, Geoff Cook, says this doesn't mean those companies are tax dodging or that the people behind them don't pay tax.

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Tidal flood warnings for Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Flood warnings have been issued for the Channel Islands as high tides are due to hit at the same time as strong winds.

In Guernsey tides of 9.7m and force six westerly winds could lead to debris on the west coast this evening (20:02) and Tuesday morning (08:20).

Jersey Met says there will be the potential for debris being thrown on to roads along the island's South Coast tomorrow morning as tides of 11.4m hit at 08:12.

O'Sullivan reflects on best year

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Great Britain archer Lucy O'Sullivan says 2017 has been her best year ever.

The 27-year-old compound shooter from Jersey made the last 32 of the World Championship last month and will shoot at the World Cup events in 2018.

"I've gone from strength to strength," she told BBC Radio Jersey.

Lucy O'Sullivan
Jonathan Huelin

"I feel like this is the comeback year, I've done the best at the World Championships that I've ever done and I've been asked to go to the World Cups next year to improve my world ranking."

Next year's World Cup events will be in China, Turkey, the United States and Germany.

"I cannot wait for 2018 now. Come 2018 I'll be back on it and I'm already planning for the World Cup," she added.

"Great Britain want somebody in the finals of the World Cups and hopefully that can be a Jersey girl."

Law officers deciding over Rebelo murder prosecution

BBC Radio Jersey

Law officers in Jersey are deciding whether to prosecute a 58-year-old man in relation to the death of a woman in St Helier seven months ago.

Ana Rebelo, 51, was found strangled on 4 April in a flat in Victoria Street St Helier.

A spokesperson for the police said the report had gone to the Law Officers' Department and they were waiting for their decision on whether to prosecute.

The spokeswoman said it could take a few months.

Ana Rebelo
States of Jersey Police

Priaulx's title hopes reignited after Shanghai win

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Andy Priaulx hopes of a World Endurance Championship title are still alive after he and teammate Harry Tincknell led their class for second race of the season in China.

The pair, who drive for the Ford Chip Ganassi team, in the LMGTE Pro class, finished 14th overall, 11 seconds and one place ahead of their nearest rivals.

Andy Priaulx
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The win moves them up to third in the overall standings for their class, seven-and-a-half points behind the leaders.

"We didn't have the fastest car, we didn't have the slowest car, but we did a perfect race with pit stops, and no mistakes in any of the stints," Priaulx said.

"We go to Bahrain with a seven-and-a-half point deficit to the championship leader. We need to win the race and then we have won the championship. It is all back on and fingers crossed we can do it."

Two politicians investigated by standards commissioner

BBC Radio Jersey

The States of Jersey commissioner for standards is investigating two complaints against island politicians, according to the home affairs minister.

Deputy Kristina Moore revealed the investigations were under way while commenting on a review of the States of Jersey policy on reporting sexual abuse or harassment.

No details of the two politicians have been revealed or what they have been accused of.

She said while she did not know what the two complaints were about she was glad people now felt they could come forward.

States of Jersey
BBC

Spending on two school plans defended by deputy

BBC Radio Guernsey

Plans to spend £93,000 looking at a two-school model for Guernsey's secondary schools is about ensuring children get the best education possible in the island according to Deputy Richard Graham.

He is the vice president of the home affairs committee and says it will ensure all avenues are studied as part of education reforms.

He was defending the plans after Deputy Chris Green, president of the Scrutiny Committee expressed concerns over the spend saying he would be raising it at the next committee meeting.

Another car park floor re-opens

Twitter

Minden Place Car Park in St Helier was closed for refurbishment in September and has been gradually re-opening one floor at a time.

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Vance frustrated by Guernsey FC loss

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance says his side failed to take their chances in their 4-2 loss at home to Herne Bay.

Dave Rihoy and Ross Allen scored for Guernsey, who never led and had their three-game unbeaten run ended.

"The first 35 minutes I thought we were outstanding, some of the best football that we've played in a long long time, maybe even at this level," Vance said.

Guernsey FC
Fran Torode

"Frustratingly the ball didn't go in the back of the net for us and that would have been the icing on the cake.

"We've got some players who are on fire at the minute with regards to their ability to put the ball in the back of the net," added Vance to BBC Radio Guernsey.

"They've certainly done that in the last five or six weeks, but unfortunately it wasn't happening."

Paradise Papers: The Channel Islands - what we know

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Paradise Papers: How to hide your cash

There's been only fleeting mentions so far of Jersey and Guernsey's offshore centres as part of another massive leak of secret files detailing the tax activities of the wealthy and famous.

But the sight of an investigative journalist strolling along Jersey's St Brelade's Bay on a sunny day is a sign the secretive island industries have not escaped scrutiny.

The leak emanates from Bermuda-based offshore law firm Appleby, which has significant presences in both Jersey and Guernsey.

Some 6.8 million come from the offshore legal service provider and corporate services provider Estera, also based in the Channel Islands.

The ICIJ, the consortium of journalists behind the Paradise Papers, says it will reveal the tax engineering of more than 100 multinational corporations, including Apple, Nike and Botox-maker Allergan.

The release comes at a sensitive time for the islands, which face the prospect of being included on a new consolidated EU blacklist, expected next month.

Telcos both say they are best after mobile review

Guernsey Press

Two of the island’s mobile providers are in hot dispute over which one comes out on top in an independent review of their 4G services.

Phone line considered for reporting abuse

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

There could be a dedicated phone line for States of Jersey staff to report harassment or abuse.

The idea has been suggested by Jersey's home affairs minister.

It would follow a similar phone line established for people working in the House of Commons following abuse allegations in Westminster.

Deputy Kristina Moore says she is working with the States Employment Board to make it easier for people to report instances of abuse or harassment.

Guernsey firework rules 'should be stricter'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Rules for who can buy fireworks and when and where they can be used need to be stricter, according to St Peter Port South Deputy Dawn Tindall.

She also wants a debate on just how loud fireworks can be when set off to help protect pets and vulnerable people.

She plans to bring a debate to the States on the issue and has asked other politicians to get involved.

Fireworks
AFP

I'm extremely passionate about doing something about this. I am absolutely upset by the way these things are becoming bigger and bolder. They are beautiful things in the sky, I love watching them, but I hate the bangs myself.

Deputy Dawn Tindall

Drink-driver’s car was ‘all over the place’

Jersey Evening Post

A drink-driver has been fined £1,700 and banned from driving for 16 months.

St Ouen go top of Premiership

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

St Ouen moved to the top of Jersey's Premiership as Dominic Pougeolle's hat-trick helped the parish side to a 5-1 win over Rozel Rovers in the league's only game of the weekend.

They are a point clear of St Clement and four clear of St Paul's, but have played two more games than any other side in the division.

Jersey Premiership
Jersey Football Combination

Meanwhile Jersey's Under 18's side were knocked out of the FA County Youth Cup.

The island's youngsters lost 2-1 away at Norfolk - Jake Syvret had brought the scores level after 40 minutes, but the home side sealed a win with a goal midway through the second half to set up a third round tie away at Northumberland.

Today's weather: Dry with bright or sunny spells

BBC Weather

Staying dry today with sunny spells, the best of these this morning as this afternoon cloud will tend to increase across the Channel Islands. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Jersey

Jersey weather
BBC

Guernsey

Guernsey weather
BBC

Compulsory voting 'not necessary' says deputy

BBC Radio Guernsey

Compulsory voting in Guernsey "is not necessary" says an island politician responding to calls for it to be introduced.

Some countries like Australia, Belgium, and Brazil legally require eligible citizens at home and abroad to vote.

Deputy Richard Graham has added his voice to a number of local deputies who are against the move.

He says the voter turnout in Guernsey is at an acceptable level but he would support automatic enrolment on to the electoral register at 16 to make it easier for people to vote.

Calls for compulsory voting to be introduced were made last week by Deputy Barry Paint.

Minister welcomes abuse reporting review

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A review of the States of Jersey policy on reporting sexual abuse or harassment has been welcomed by the island's home affairs minister.

Deputy Kristina Moore says behaviour that might have been tolerated in the past is no longer acceptable.

Her comments come after Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst said he wanted to ensure processes within the States allowed people who have experienced abuse or harassment to come forward.

Deputy Kristina Moore
BBC
Deputy Kristina Moore

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Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

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