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  1. Guernsey's population law comes into effect
  2. Woman taken to hospital after scooter accident
  3. Jersey Reds into British and Irish Cup final for the first time
  4. Len McCluskey is in the Channel Islands today as he seeks re-election as head of the country's biggest union
  5. Jersey charity beats target for bike donations for Romania
  6. Monday 3 April 2017

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Rob England

BBC News Online

That's all from us for today. We'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport on Tuesday from 08:00.

Don't forget  BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One  later.

There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Jersey recycling centre shortlisted for award

BBC Radio Jersey

La Collette recycling centre in Jersey has been shortlisted for an award.

The project has been listed alongside 10 other private-public sector centres across the UK.

The States of Jersey Department of Infrastructure said it will now be presenting a full submission to the National Recycling Awards, with a result expected by the end of June.

This is fantastic news and well deserved for the team who were determined to bring the concept of recycling through the design and construction as well as being the function of the centre."

Deputy Eddie Noel Minister for Infrastructure
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UK politician to visit Alderney

BBC Radio Guernsey

Sir Oliver Heald MP, Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, is due to visit Alderney on Wednesday.

He has responsibility for relations between the UK and Channel Islands and is due to meet with the Alderney president, States members and others.

States of Jersey encourages awareness of Bowel Cancer symptoms

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of Bowel Cancer.

"There is no need to be embarrassed about seeing their GP if they notice any changes in their bowel habits", a spokeswoman said.

"It’s important that people get to know what bowel habits are normal for them so they can spot any changes."

The campaign is being supported by Jersey Cancer Relief.

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States offer amnesty for false tax declarations

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey Treasury has announced an amnesty on false declarations, saying it wouldn't prosecute anyone who came forward to admit they hadn't filled in their tax returns properly.

Under what it calls the tax disclosure opportunity, the tax office says it won't take action against anyone who comes forward and admits their return was not entirely accurate.

However, you could still have to pay a fee for late payments of anything you currently owe, the States said.

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Priaulx leads championship after win

James Law

BBC Sport Online

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Guernsey's Sebastian Priaulx, son of triple World Touring Car champion Andy, is top of the Ginetta Junior Championship after the first weekend after winning a race at Brands Hatch.

Sebastian is in his second season in the series as he aims to follow in his father's footsteps.

Priaulx Snr, 42, continues to race, recently competing at the Daytona 24-hour race in Florida.

A 'fairly large quantity' of petrol stolen

BBC Radio Guernsey

A "fairly large quantity" of petrol was stolen from an outbuilding located next to the oil quarry at Chouet headland, say Guernsey Police.

Officers say the theft took place between 25-28 March and the outbuilding was broken into again between on 31 March or 1 April.

They have appealed for witnesses or anyone with any information to come forward.

New planning policy to 'regenerate' St Helier

Rob England

BBC News Online

From today planning permission granted in Jersey will last for three years, as opposed to five unless development has started or an extension is granted.

Deputy Steve Luce said the new rules were to encourage more developments and to stop "land banking".

The new guidance will only apply to permissions granted from 3 April.

Over the years we’ve seen a fair amount of ‘land-banking’ where developers hang on to approved sites waiting for land values to rise or waiting for a more certain economic future, and this slows down development progress and the creation of new homes and offices. In 2015 alone, planning permissions were extended for a further five years for 417 new dwellings. That’s a lot of new homes and suggests land banking is happening."

Deputy Steve Luce Minister for the Environment

Airlines working to catch up after fog disruption

Flights are returning to normal in the islands after earlier disruption caused by fog.

However, Aurigny's Guernsey-Bristol flight has been cancelled along with Guernsey's mail plane.

Weather: Plenty of cloud around

BBC Weather

Skies will be cloudy overnight with some patchy rain at times.

Cloud will lower to give some rather murky conditions at times. Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F).

Weather map

Cloud will gradually start to break up through the morning with some bright spells by the afternoon.

It'll be mostly dry, although some patchy light rain is possible at first. Maximum Temperature: 13C (55F).

Guernsey fire to provide CO detectors

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service has said it will be providing carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to residents as part of an ongoing community safety initiative.

Smoke detectors have been provided since the initiative was launched in 2008.

"You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but carbon monoxide can kill quickly, with little warning," a spokesman said.

"CO detectors should not, however, be seen as a substitute for proper installation and maintenance of household appliances."

Carbon Monoxide alarm
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More work needed to tackle seaweed in Jersey pool

Sarah Bailey

BBC Radio Jersey

Repairs are being done to the concrete capping at Jersey's West Park Pool. 

The damage was caused by the winter storms and general wear and tear. 

Tony Andrews said there will be more work during the summer to deal with the seaweed that gathers on the walls.

The park is due to reopen by Easter weekend.

West park pool

You can walk quite a few metres trying to wade through the stuff. We've got a few ideas we're going to trial out this year, see how we get on."

Tony Andrews Director, St Helier parks and open spaces

Taxi driver's unfair dismissal claim thrown out by tribunal

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

An unfair dismissal claim by a Jersey taxi driver has been rejected by a tribunal.

Erin Bisson claimed Red Cabs had sacked her unfairly, and discriminated against her because she was originally a man, who was going though gender reassignment.

The Employment and Discrimination Tribunal ruled that Ms Bisson had never actually been an employee of the company, and had in fact submitted a tax return stating clearly that she was self employed.

Guernsey population law 'a huge step forward'

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

An employment lawyer says Guernsey's new population law, which comes into effect today, represents a "huge step forward" for businesses when recruiting.

It was approved by deputies last week, representing a shift from a system of housing licences to employment permits.

Elaine Gray said the new system provides much needed clarity.

In the old days we used to have to do a huge application form, which sucked the will to live out of you, and took a great deal of time and money for employers to work with. So we moved from that to an online system which processes those pre-approved jobs. There's a portal for employers to log into. You can almost immediately find out where you are going to go with it."

Elaine GrayEmployment lawyer

Changes to be made to junction where man died

BBC Radio Jersey

Work will begin on new traffic lights at a junction on the Esplanade in Jersey where a motorcyclist died three years ago.

Following an inquest last year, Jersey Police made several recommendations to the infrastructure department about the junction.

This was a concern that the police accident and investigation unit raised, that there is a pedestrian crossing at that junction, but there isn't a control for turning into Kensington Place. So we're now going to alter that so that the right turn will run at the same time as the pedestrian crossing."

David St GeorgeManager of transport policy

McKay 'disappointed' despite Guernsey U21 Muratti win

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey Under-21 coach Angus McKay said he was "a little bit disappointed" despite retaining the Ambassadeur Bowl with a 2-0 win over their Jersey counterparts at Springfield.

Paris Pereira and substitute Danny Hale got the goals to make it three victories in a row for the greens.

"I think we deserved to win - it's a great result and I thought we were the better team," McKay told BBC Radio Guernsey. "It sounds crazy but I'm actually a little bit disappointed with how we played, because I think we could play a lot better."

Jersey Under-21 coach Martin Cassidy said: "Our final ball, especially from wide areas, was poor. We need to be smarter and make sure we take our chances in the last third."

Later shopping times begin today in Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Airbnb gives guests 'a different offering' in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

A local Airbnb host feels Guernsey can benefit from the app, which allows visitors to stay in your home. 

Guernsey has more than 50 properties on the app.

Helen Litchfield has been letting out rooms using Airbnb for four years.

It improved bed number obviously, increases bed stock on the island and it is a different offering for our guests. A lot of people do like to use Airbnb specifically rather than saying 'shall we go to Jersey' or 'shall we go to Guernsey'."

Helen LitchfieldHost, Airbnb

'Not much interest' for St Peter Port Douzenier position

BBC Radio Guernsey

St Peter Port parish in Guernsey is calling for candidates to come forward as douzeniers.

The parish is inviting nominations following the resignation of one of its members last year.

The deadline is 16:00 this afternoon. 

Senior Constable Dennis Le Moignan said there had "not been much interest so-far", and he encouraged the public to stand.

Update: Woman in stable condition after cliff fall

BBC Radio Jersey

A woman who fell 200ft from Grosnez cliffs in Jersey is in a stable condition, emergency services have said.

She was airlifted to the General Hospital by helicopter on Saturday.

Pre-school move is welcomed ‘but it is not a trial’

Guernsey Press

Education has been praised by a Vale deputy for listening to representations and maintaining the universal pre-school entitlement.

Durrell wildlife park changes name to Jersey Zoo, again

BBC Radio Jersey

The wildlife park in Trinity will be known as Jersey Zoo again from today. 

The site has changed its name twice in recent years, but has now returned to the name given to it by its founder, Gerald Durrell.

Lingering fog around the island

Rob England

BBC News Online

It was a very foggy start this morning.

Although it's brightened up a bit, there is still a bit hanging around in Jersey.


Woman 'thrown to the ground' in St Peter Port

Rob England

BBC News Online

A woman was pushed or thrown to the ground in St Peter Port on Sunday, police have said.

Officers are looking for the woman following the incident at North Plantation at 02:20.

Police are also appealing for witnesses. It's not clear if the woman was injured.

Travel: Roadworks in Jersey

Local charity beats target for bike donations to go to Romania

BBC Radio Jersey

A local charity appeal for bicycles has exceeded expectations collecting nearly 60 bikes which will be transported to Romania and given to people living in disadvantaged communities. 

After an aid collection by Mustard Seed Jersey at the Holme Grown centre yesterday, the charity has now received 59 bikes. 

The original target was 50.

Rose Helie from the charity said they were "thrilled" by the fantastic response.

The bikes will help adults in Romania to get to work, and some children to get to school, saving them the costs of public transport, the charity added.

Airbnb 'important' for Guernsey tourism

BBC Radio Guernsey

A local Airbnb host has said Guernsey can benefit from the app, which allows visitors to stay in your home. 

The service has attracted controversy around the world, but is popular with holidaymakers, with over two million properties or rooms now listed. 

Helen Litchfield has been letting out rooms using Airbnb for four years and said it's "important" for Guernsey's tourism sector.

Guernsey has more than 50 properties on the app.

Delays continue at airports after fog

Rob England

BBC News Online

Some flights are still experiencing delays after the earlier fog.

Jersey arrivals:

  • 08:15 London Gatwick - delayed until 14:20.
  • 11:15 London Gatwick - delayed until 13:30.
  • 13:10 Southampton - delayed until 14:40.

Guernsey arrivals:

  • 08:00 Alderney - delayed. 
  • 09:15 Southampton - expected 12:30.
  • 10:15 Manchester - diverted to Exeter.
  • 13:15 Bristol - cancelled.

Guernsey departures:

  • 07:20 Alderney - delayed.
  • 10:55 Bristol - cancelled.

Guernsey: New rules for seasonal workers

Rob England

BBC News Online

People currently working in Guernsey on a short-term housing licence who have accrued more than 45 months residency by 2 April 2017, will be able to return to the island indefinitely, the States say.

The new rules also apply to those on their three-month break between short-term licences, as long as they continue with a nine months on, three months off pattern.

These new "grandfather rights" came into effect today as part of the island's population law.

However, if a person who has these rights leaves the island for three years, they no longer apply.

For those who will now receive grandfather rights following the States' decision, it is very straightforward. If their current or most recent document was a short-term housing licence, and they have more than 45 months residency in Guernsey, they will be able to continue their nine months on three months off pattern indefinitely.

Esther Ingrouille Population management team leader

Jersey Reds British and Irish Cup final to be played in Cork

Jersey to play Leicester City U23s on Wednesday

Woman taken to hospital after scooter accident

BBC Radio Guernsey

A woman has been taken to Guernsey's Emergency Department this morning after a collision on St Clair Hill in St Sampsons. 

The scooter she was riding was involved in an incident with another vehicle, and the road is now clear after police and ambulance attended. 

Reminder: No right turn off Esplanade - Jersey

Jersey beat Guernsey but Jets go down

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey beat Guernsey to retain their inter-insular title, but suffered relegation from the second tier of English netball the following day.

Linda Andrews' side defeated Guernsey 45-40 on Saturday, their 12th win in a row over their rivals.

Chrissy Bannerman

The same players represented Jersey's club side Team Jets yesterday, but lost 42-24 at Premier Romans to go down.

Speaking after the inter-insular win, coach Andrews told  BBC Radio Jersey:  "We were absolutely outstanding. I think it was the composure and the self-belief - it's been a long hard season for us."


Jersey beat Guernsey but Jets go down

Jersey beat rivals Guernsey to retain their inter-insular title, but suffer relegation from English netball's second tier.

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Milk prices rise in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

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The price of milk has increased after Guernsey Dairy raised its wholesale price by 7.5%. 

The rise came into effect yesterday.  

Repairs to Jersey's West Park Pool after winter storms

BBC Radio Jersey

west park pool

Repairs to the concrete capping at Jersey's West Park Pool start today.

The damage was caused by the winter storms and general wear and tear. 

Officials say nothing has been dislodged but some of the edging around the sides has been knocked off by the tide and stones. 

The pool should be open again by Easter. 

Hear a siren this morning in La Collette? Don't worry

Rob England

BBC News Online

'There's a sense of elation' - Reds captain after historic win

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport


Jersey Reds are into the final of the British and Irish Cup for the first time. 

They beat Championship leaders London Irish for the second consecutive weekend, this time by 25 points to 17. 

Jersey's captain James Freeman was pleased with the way his side controlled the match, despite being behind going into the closing stages of the match.

It's something we've never done before, the B&I Cup final. There's a sense of elation, especially coming here. We've done it the hard way I'd say, we've come to Irish to back up a win from last week. We've played how we wanted to play, controlled the game how we wanted to do it. It's huge.

James FreemanCaptain, Jersey Reds