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Summary

  1. 'Skeletal remains' found in burnt out car in Guernsey
  2. Proposed new Jersey independent lifeboat charity to test new vessel
  3. Death threats in Jersey demanding Bitcoin payments
  4. Guernsey's Heather Watson falls in Hobart International tennis semi-final
  5. Updates on Friday 12 January 2018

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Guernsey Holocaust victims to be remembered at service

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Islanders are being invited to remember victims of the Holocaust in a local service later this month.

The Holocaust Memorial Day service will take place at the White Rock, St Peter Port, on Saturday, 27 January, at 12:00.

An annual service has been held on 27 January since 2005, with crowds of up to 20 people
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An annual service has been held on 27 January since 2005, with crowds of up to 20 people

Led by the Dean of Guernsey, it would reflect "the history and reality of life in Guernsey", the States said.

Wreaths will be laid by the Bailiff to remember three Jewish women deported from Guernsey who later died at Auschwitz, slave workers who died in the islands, and Guernsey people who resisted the World War Two occupation who died in Nazi prisons and concentration camps.

Weather: Cloudy, breezy and showery on Saturday

BBC Weather

A breezy night with cloud coming and going. The cloud perhaps thickening from the west as the night progresses.

Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Weather
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Saturday will be a cloudy and breezy day with occasional showery outbreaks, especially in the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).

Reward offered to identify 'offensive' graffiti vandals

Mike Wilkins

BBC Channel Islands News

A reward of up to £1,000 is being offered to catch graffiti vandals in Guernsey.

Police said they had taken the decision to encourage the public's help in tracking down individuals who had targeted several sites across the island.

Constable Nicholas Boughay said the vandalism was having a "huge impact" as it was often offensive.

Graffiti
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Graffiti
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Graffiti
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Family liaison officers helping family of missing Latvian man

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Family liaison officers are in "close contact" with the family of a missing 33-year-old Latvian man, Guernsey Police say.

Guernsey resident Mikus Alps has not been seen since the early hours of Monday morning, when he was at a residential address in St Saviour.

Mikus Alps
Guernsey Police

Police say they are "keeping an open mind" about the investigation, but "there remains a possibility" Mr Alps' disappearance is linked to the discovery of what are believed to be human skeletal remains in a burnt out car.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation are being asked to contact Guernsey Police or Crimestoppers.

Petit Bot burnt out car: UK specialists brought in

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A fire expert from the UK and a Home Office pathologist are being brought in to help with a Guernsey Police investigation into a burnt out car in which suspected skeletal remains have been found.

The fire specialist had already arrived and the pathologist was expected early next week, Guernsey Police said.

The car was found burnt out in a secluded area near Petit Bot on Monday 8 January.

If human remains were confirmed, a post-mortem examination would then be carried out, the force said.

Petit Bot car
Colin Dodd

Church building fabric ‘has not been damaged by toilet project’

Jersey Evening Post

Stonework on St Lawrence Church has not been damaged by a project to create a toilet extension, the church’s rector has said.

Jersey storm damage repairs 'to cost £80k'

Robert Hall

BBC News correspondent

Repairs to Jersey's sea defences following Storm Eleanor are now expected to cost about £80,000.

Sea wall repairs at West Park, Jersey
BBC

Of that, £50,000 will be spent at Greve De Lecq, where granite blocks have been used to stabilise a breach near the pier.

Engineers hope the work there and at West Park can be completed within four weeks.

States rep welcomes pensions breakthrough

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq has welcomed progress in discussions between the island's government and Unite, the union that challenged changes to States employees' pensions in court.

It was due to re-commence legal proceedings against the States on Monday, but will instead ballot members on a new pensions deal.

In April 2016 two workers, supported by Unite, began the legal proceedings.

Public sector workers in Guernsey protest against changes to their pensions in 2015
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There was a public protest about the pension details in 2015 before the majority of unions accepted a deal

The proposal is a favourable development addressing the concerns of our valued employees whilst ensuring the pension arrangements remain as affordable and sustainable."

Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq

Two men charged in connection with Boots robbery

Euan Mahy

BBC Radio Guernsey

Two men have been remanded in custody after appearing in Guernsey's Magistrates Court this morning, charged with robbing medicine from Boots in the High Street.

Police say the incident happened yesterday morning and claim the men pushed their way behind the pharmacy counter to take a quantity of medication, most of which has been recovered.

The two men are due to reappear in court on 7 January.

Empty property owners 'should be taxed'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey property owners who allow shops to remain unoccupied should have to pay a tax, according to a deputy concerned about the degeneration of Les Quennevais.

Deputy Montfort Tadier says empty shops and a lack of maintenance have led to it looking very run down and unwelcoming.

Deputy Montford Tadier
BBC

Conversations obviously need to be had about what kind of improvements can be made, we also need to look at potential legislation to do with empty property taxes."

Deputy Montford Tadier

Public support for two-school model 'growing'

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

One of the four Guernsey politicians promoting the two-school model for secondary education believes public support is growing for their proposals.

Deputy Rhian Tooley was speaking after a public meeting on the plans last night, attended by about 160 people. They are competing against the education committee's plans for three island secondary schools.

"I believe there are a great many people, there are a growing number of people who believe that the model we are proposing, this alternative model, is the best way forward for Guernsey," she said.

West coast road closing on Monday evening

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Opening of new hospital 'will not be delayed'

Jersey Evening Post

The opening of the new hospital will not be delayed, despite the planning application being rejected this week, the project director has said.

Schools presentation also being streamed online

Twitter

Monday's presentation of Guernsey Education Committee's three-school model for secondary education will also be broadcast live on the internet.

Almost 300 people watched last night's two-school presentation online.

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BreakingPension dispute: Union withdraws legal challenge

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A union representing Guernsey public sector workers is to postpone its legal proceedings against the island's government and is to ballot members on a new pension deal.

Legal proceedings were due to re-commence on Monday in the dispute over the move to a career average pension scheme, previously backed by all public sector worker unions with the exception of Unite.

The dispute was latched on to by Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, who had accused the States of robbing workers of hard-earned pensions during his 2017 re-election campaign.

In a joint statement, the States and the union said "a more flexible pension option" would now be considered, but the details would remain confidential.

Bitcoin death threat emails: The advice

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey authorities are issuing advice after receiving reports of people being threatened by ransom emails designed to get them to pay a ransom in Bitcoin, the virtual currency, in order to protect themselves or family members.

Bitcoin
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The Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) and Joint Financial Crimes Unit (JFCU) said they were taking the allegations "very seriously".

However, they added that they did not believe that there was a credible threat to islanders.

They've issued this advice for anyone who gets the ransom email:

  • Contact the JFCU
  • If you are a regulated financial services provider, contact your supervisor at the JFSC
  • If you have received emails or text messages, you should not doing anything - do not respond and do not send any money

Potato farming: 'No future without migrant staff'

BBC Channel Islands News

A Jersey potato farmer fears his business may have to close if he can't find more foreign workers.

Paul Carre said his business was reliant on EU migrants to plant his crops at this time of year.

Previously, he would have had 28 staff in the fields. He said he currently only had two.

He blamed the falling value of the pound, saying he believed many people were preferring to stay at home to earn comparatively better wages.

Paul Carre
BBC

If this carries on like this, there won't be a future. If we can't get the staff, we can't do the work, we can't get the potatoes in the ground and we'll be out of business."

Paul CarreJersey Potato farmer

Jersey beaches seeing 'more rubbish washing up than ever'

Freddie Miller

Broadcast Journalist BBC Radio Jersey

Increasing quantities of rubbish are washing up on Jersey's beaches, according to an environmental campaigner.

Pieces of plastic from lobster pots from as far away as Maine and New Hampshire in the United States were found recently.

Andy Farmer, organiser of Channel Islands beach cleans this weekend, said he was encouraging islanders to play their part in combating a global issue.

Plastic from Jersey beaches
Malcolm Vibert
Debris on a Jersey beach
Malcolm Vibert

For centuries, the sea has been used as a dumping ground. It's like a giant rug - you can sweep things under and you will never see them again. Unfortunately, now that rug is bulging at the seams and everything is popping up onto our beaches."

Andy FarmerChairman, Littlefeet Environmental

People in Jersey get Bitcoin demand death threats

Alexandra Spiceley

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

People in Jersey are being warned about fraudulent threatening emails which ask them to send Bitcoin payments in order to avoid them or a family member being hurt, or even killed.

Bitcoin mock up and US dollars
Reuters

Intimidating emails, including threats to people's lives, have been reported to the Jersey Financial Services Commission and the Joint Financial Crimes Unit (JFCU).

They demand people make a payment in the virtual currency to save family members from being hurt or killed.

Anyone who has fallen victim to, or believes they have been targeted by this scam, should contact the JFCU.

Weather: Bright spells but risk of a shower later

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

There are some bright and sunny spells today, but cloud is coming and going.

There's a risk of an isolated shower later on, with the winds picking up too.

The maximum temperature is 9C (48F).

Dan Downs presents the Channel Islands weather forecast
BBC

Missing Latvian man 'last seen in St Saviour'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey Police are appealing for information after Mikus Alps, a Latvian national, was reported missing on Wednesday and was last seen in the early hours of Monday morning.

Mr Alps, 33, was last seen at a residential address in St Saviour.

Mikus Alps
Guernsey Police

A Guernsey resident, he is described as being about 5ft 9in tall, with fair skin, blue eyes, short brown hair and a short beard. He also has distinctive tattoos on his arms and back, police said.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Guernsey Police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

Officers investigating his disappearance are also investigating after what are believed to be human skeletal remains found in a burnt out car.

Police said was proving difficult to find out who owned the vehicle.

Police 'working to establish owner of burnt out car'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey Police say the burnt out car discovered at Petit Bot on Monday suffered such significant fire damage that they are yet to establish who its owner is.

Burnt out car at Petit Bot
Colin Dodd

"Skeletal remains" were believed to have been found in the driver's seat of the car, but they are to undergo further forensic tests.

As part of the investigation, the force is also trying to establish the type of car and its owner.

"As a result of the significant damage caused by the fire, further examinations are needed to confirm relevant identity markings of the car, which would help establish registered ownership," police said.

Watson out at Hobart, faces world number 50 at Melbourne

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey's Heather Watson will head to next week's Australian Open with five wins under her belt since the start of the year.

Heather Watson
European Photopress Agency

But she missed out on a first WTA final for two years as she lost 6-4, 1-6, 6-to 2 Elise Mertens, 2017 champion,at the Hobart International this morning.

Watson plays Kazakhstan's world number 50 Yulia Putintseva in the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday.

Burnt out car 'remains': Further tests being carried out

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey Police are to conduct further forensic tests after discovering what are believed to be "skeletal remains" in the driver's seat of a burnt out car at Petit Bot.

Officers said: "During a subsequent detailed forensic examination of the car, specialist officers found what we believe at this stage to be parts of skeletal remains in the driver’s seat."

"This is, as yet, unconfirmed and further forensic tests are being carried out.

"Should forensic tests confirm the presence of human skeletal parts, we are, at this stage, keeping an open mind about the potential direction of the investigation."

BreakingPolice find 'skeletal remains' in burnt out car

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

"Skeletal remains" have been found the driver's seat of a burnt out car in Guernsey, police say.

A burnt out car at Petit Bot, Guernsey
Colin Dodd

Officers made the discovery on Monday after being called to a secluded area of Petit Bot, St Martin, along with fire crews.

A "detailed forensic examination" led officers to what is believed to be "parts of skeletal remains", subject to further forensic tests.

Police are also investigating reports of a missing 33-year-old Latvian national, Mikus Alps, who's not been seen since Monday.

More to follow.

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You need one if you're going to get through Jersey Fire and Rescue Service's training.

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Men take drugs in brazen Boots robbery

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

Two men pushed their way behind the Boots pharmacy counter in St Peter Port yesterday morning, grabbing drugs before fleeing from the store.

Guernsey Police are investigating the robbery and said they arrested two men shortly after the incident which happened at about 10:45 on Thursday.

Two men fled with the medication from Boots' pier steps exit.

Most of the stolen drugs had been recovered, police said. But officers added that they would still like to speak to witnesses in the store at the time.

Independent lifeboat charity to test new vessel

BBC Radio Jersey

A group looking to run an independent lifeboat station in Jersey says it will be testing an all-weather lifeboat next week.

Former St Helier Coxswain Andy Hibbs said the charity was in the process of purchasing a Tyne class all-weather boat, which it would use temporarily until it could buy something better.

It's also hoped the group will be officially registered as a charity by next Friday so it can start accepting donations.

Andy Hibbs
BBC

If it works out well, we'll be using that boat as a lifeboat, as a stop-gap, for 12 months, until such time as we've got the money together to order the new boat, whether that be from France or Holland."

Andy HibbsFormer St Helier Coxswain

Two-school model welcomed at proposal meeting

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey teachers rallied behind plans for a two-school mode of secondary education at a meeting about the plans held last night.

About 160 people attended the presentation at Les Cotils, with almost 300 watching online.

Les Beaucamps High teacher David Herschel said the proposals could be the antidote to an incoming crisis surrounding the recruitment of staff in education.

The two 11-18 school model is an alternative proposal to the main three-school model proposed by the Education Committee.

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