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  1. Woman gets suspended sentence for boy's death
  2. Almost 200 senior managers left roles in Jersey States in five years
  3. Young girls 'accosted' by older man in St Helier
  4. Beer and cider festival cancelled in Jersey
  5. Best of breeds on show today at Guernsey's Royal Show, at Sausmarez Park
  6. Updates on Thursday 27 July 2017

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By Rob England

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Our coverage across the Channel Islands

Rob England

BBC News Online

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

We'll be back on Thursday from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Guernsey 'must adapt' to UK 2040 petrol and diesel ban

BBC Radio Guernsey

A member of the Guernsey Motoring and Traders Association has said the Bailiwick must adapt if it is to accommodate the UK's blanket ban of petrol and diesel car sales by 2040.

Committee member, Robert Cornelius, believes Guernsey will have no alternative but to follow the patterns as countries look to introduce more environmentally friendly measures.

President for Guernsey's Committee for Environment and Infrastructure Barry Brehaut has said the island should benefit "significantly" from the changes.

Mr Cornelius says islanders need assurance that they will have ease of use with their electric vehicles in future.

Electric car charging
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We have many people that may consider an electric or plugin hybrid car that don't have the facility to charge at home, and there is no public charging. We believe that we need to be looking at the infrastructure and getting that in place now so it's there for the future.

Robert CorneliusGuernsey Motoring and Traders Association

JT to allow 4G roaming for UK and Europe

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey Telecom has announced its customers will now be able to roam with a 4G connection.

It follows a reduction of their data roaming charges, in line with UK mobile networks.

However, the service provider is reminding customers to roam responsibly to avoid excessive charges.

Head of Commercial Development, Dominic Vye said this would mean customers would be able to download data at similar speeds to high speed broadband.

Lightning starting vintage tractors?

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Tom Le Prevost from Guernsey's Vintage and Classic Tractor Club has been showing me his Massey Ferguson 35X.


It was brought from Scotland to Guernsey, he tells me, and is mostly used on the roads and at events like the Royal Show.

There are around 90 vehicles in the club.

So what does a tractor enthusiast make of the recent claim that a Guernsey vehicle could have beentwice started by lightning?

"If I'm honest I don't really believe it," said Tom, with a chuckle.


Jersey's greenhouse gas emissions down 40% since 1990

Rob England

BBC News Online

The latest figures published by the Department of the Environment show a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in Jersey, according to the States.

A spokeswoman from the department said the switch to low-carbon French electricity, generated from nuclear and hydro sources, helped reduce emissions "significantly", as well as an increase in "energy efficient buildings" and better vehicle fuel efficiency.

They added emissions from homes, businesses and transport have held steady, despite an increasing population.

Annual figures are reported to the UK for Jersey's emissions, where they are verified and monitored as part of the international convention on climate change.

Minister for the Environment Deputy Steve Luce said he was "cautiously optimistic" about reaching the States target of an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050.

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We’ve got to consider the carbon implications of the decisions we all make if Jersey is ultimately to be successful in playing its part in reducing global carbon emissions, and thereby avoiding the most serious consequences of climate change.

Deputy Steve LuceMinister for Environment, States of Jersey

Man 'lucky' surgeons saved his leg after speedboat collision

BBC Radio Jersey

The mother of a Jersey lawyer injured in a jet skiing accident has said they are "lucky" surgeons managed to save his leg.

Giles Corbin, 45, was a passenger on the jet ski when it collided with a speedboat in St Brelade's Bay earlier this month.

He had three operations in the Southampton trauma unit before he was transferred to Salisbury Hospital for further treatment.

Felicity Corbin said Giles is "determined" to overcome his injuries.

Giles is really such a tough guy and has worked through so much trouble in his life and so he's just setting himself up to getting well and staying well.

Felicity Corbin

Parish of St Helier fees contributed to beer festival cancellation

BBC Radio Jersey

Organisers of the Jersey Beer Festival say the parish of St Helier contributed to the event's cancellation this year by charging nearly £2,000 to use the People's Park.

In previous years CAMRA has paid a damage deposit for the site, which was refunded afterwards, but the organisation said this year the parish started with a demand for £10,000 administration costs, which it negotiated down to £1,700.

Combined with other costs, they say it was still too much for the local branch of the campaign for real ale, which cancelled this year's festival.

Beer festival 2016

Dry and cloudy into this evening

BBC Weather

Dry spells this afternoon, with variable amounts of cloud overnight and staying dry in many places.

In Jersey:


And in Guernsey:


Former RAF serviceman honoured by friend after light aircraft crash

Press Association

A former RAF serviceman who died in a light aircraft crash with another man has been honoured by friends and family.

Paul Gunnell, 57, from Guernsey, and Gordon Davies, 66, from Wiltshire died when their plane crashed into a field near Marlborough, Wiltshire, on July 13.

Rick Offord, a friend of Mr Gunnell, also known as PG, said he had joined the RAF in 1982 and "aced his way" through flying training.

He became a Harrier weapons instructor and ended his RAF service testing and introducing the new GR7 night capability.

After this, he joined international airline Cathay Pacific and flew with the company for 23 years.

Mr Gunnell's wife, Kirsty Boazman said: "The circumstances of Thursday's crash will be under investigation for some time but whatever occurred happened quickly.

"Paul was not alone and our thoughts are equally with the other family who have also lost a loved one, who shared Paul's sheer joy of being in the air."

Jersey model for funding farmers may be 'considered' by UK

A Jersey model for providing financial support to farmers may be rolled out in the UK, according to the States.

Recently, The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, MP said farm subsidies would have to be earned rather than just handed out in future, with farmers only recieving payouts if they agree to protect the environment and enhance rural life.

This approach is compared by Deputy Steve Luce, Jersey's Minister for the Environment, to the States "Rural Support Scheme" being rolled out, which he says will provide financial support for rural businesses according to the environmental and social benefits they provide.

The deputy claims to have discussed the scheme with Mr Gove in Wales earlier this year, at the Royal Welsh Show.

The States aims to have all farmers signed up by 2019.

Oilseed rape field, Jersey
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Jersey’s new Rural Support Scheme is a unique, ground-breaking approach to supporting local agriculture. It unites farmers and government in providing the public with necessary environmental goods and services, and also consumers and customers in local and export markets, with the highest level of food assurance, demonstrating that our farmers can produce food to the highest standards in the world.

Deputy Steve LuceMinister for the Environment, States of Jersey

Electric vehicles a perfect fit for the island, says group

Guernsey Press

Electric vehicles benefit the consumer and are an ideal fit for Guernsey, the head of a local advocacy group has said.

Park staff to 'use discretion' after boy told he could not use bike on grass

BBC Radio Jersey

Staff at Howard Davis park in Jersey have been told to "use their discretion" when enforcing guidelines on bikes and ball games.

Derek Noble is the Manager of Municipal Services at the Department for Infrastructure, and was responding to complaints about park workers preventing a six-year-old boy from learning to ride his bike on the grass there.

He said there are no laws banning bike riding and ball games, but there are signs asking you not to do those things to try to keep the park safe and fun for everyone.

In the summer we have young couples, young families sitting on the grass with their young children, kicking a ball about. There's no problem with that at all. If we get a group of say 15 late teens kicking a heavy ball about, that causes problems for the young children and the families. That's when we would then say to those older children, please, this isn't really for you please can you go somewhere else.

Derek NobleManager, Municipal Services, States of Jersey Department for Infrastructure

Increased efficiency in homes and vehicles helps cut emissions

BBC Radio Jersey

Levels of the gases linked to global warming have fallen by 40% in Jersey over the past 27 years, according to the States.

The Department for the Environment said Jersey's switch from heavy fuel oil to nuclear and water power has helped bring levels down.

Before the 1990s oil was burned at La Collette to make electricity, now the island gets power from the continental grid through undersea pipelines from France.

We've done a lot with energy efficiency to reduce leakage of energy from people's homes, particularly if they're heated by oil and gas, which are the high carbon fuels, and that's made a big difference. We're also seeing things like vehicles becoming a lot more fuel efficient, and that is another way to hold emissions steady or cause them to decline, even in the face of more vehicles on the road, actually.

Louise MagrisDepartment for the Environment

Wife pays tribute to Guernsey man killed in light aircraft crash

Press Association

Tributes have been paid to two men who were killed in a light aircraft crash.

Paul Gunnell, 57, from Guernsey, and Gordon Davis, 66, died when their plane crashed into a field near Marlborough, Wiltshire, on 13 July.

Both men shared a "sheer joy of being in the air" and were passionate about flying, their families said.

Mr Gunnell's wife, Kirsty Boazman, previously described her husband as "precious and outrageously talented".

She said: "This cruel and unexpected departure has ripped a hole in my heart and existence. Paul was an exceptional man, my best friend, a natural-born leader and aviator who spent his entire career flying, amassing more than 17,000 hours privately and commercially.

"He died while doing what he loved most but it was not time to leave this life. We had much planned. I dearly love and so terribly miss my 'Captain'."

An investigation is ongoing into the cause of the crash.

Clinton Pringle: What happened?

Rob England

BBC News Online

Rebekah Le Gal, 39, from Mont Millais, Jersey has been given an 8 month prison sentence suspended for two years for causing the death by careless driving of three-year-old Clinton Pringle.

What happened:

  • Clinton Pringle, who was on holiday with his family in Jersey from Scotland, is driven into by Le Gal in St Helier on 27 June 2016.
  • The boy was airlifted to Southampton, but later died from his injuries.
  • The crash happened outside Millennium park, and Le Gal was arrested on suspicion of road traffic offences, and subsequently bailed.
  • Charges of causing death by dangerous driving, and causing death by careless driving brought against Ms Le Gal.
  • At trial Jersey's Royal Court hears the crown accuse Ms Le Gal of using a mobile phone, and failing to pay attention to road signs whilst driving.
  • CCTV evidence is produced.
  • Court hears Ms Le Gal replied to a text from her son prior to the collision.
  • Defence proposes the text was sent at a time before it could have impacted on the crash.
  • Rebekah Le Gal denies charge of causing death by dangerous driving, but pleads guilty to death by careless driving.
  • Ms Le Gal says she could not explain why she did not see the boy before the crash.
  • After a six day trial, ending on the 19 June 2017, Ms Le Gal is found not guilty of the charge of causing death by dangerous driving.
  • 27 July, formal sentencing at Jersey's Royal Court for causing death by careless driving.

Suspended jail term for Jersey toddler death driver

A woman who ran over a three-year-old boy has been given an eight-month sentence suspended for two years.

Rebekah Le Gal, 39, from Mont Millais, Jersey, sent a text at the wheel shortly before the collision, a court heard.

Clinton Pringle was run over in Tunnel Street, in St Helier on 27 June 2016, and died three days later in hospital.

Le Gal admitted causing death by careless driving but was acquitted of causing death by dangerous driving.

Some facts about milk

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

As the judges continue their work at the Royal Guernsey Agricultural and Horticultural Society Show, compere Bill Luff is regaling the crowds with some milk-related stats.


I think it's safe to say what he doesn't know about Guernsey milk isn't worth knowing.

We've been told there are 1,532 Guernsey cows on the island at present.

There are also 1,081 heifers reared as replacements for the milking herd.

Each cow produces, on average, 6,337kg of milk in a 305-day lactation.

At roughly £1.26 per litre, Guernsey milk is more than double the average price than in the UK.

BreakingWoman gets suspended sentence for boy's death

Luxmy Gopal

BBC Channel Islands News

Cricket: Jersey pick up first win over Denmark

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey's Under-19s picked up their first win of the World Cup qualifying tournament with an eight-wicket victory over Denmark.

Captain Harrison Carlyon took three wickets for the hosts as the Danes were bowled all out for 59.

Carlyon then made 32 not out as Jersey reached the target inside 17 overs.

Jersey win
ICC/Ian Jacobs

Royal show: Guernsey cows 'nicer to work with' says UK judge

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Colin Gleed

Colin Gleed, a visiting judge from the UK, is the man who's been tasked with judging today's livestock.

He has had some help from local judge Ann Roberts.

Speaking to BBC Radio Guernsey Mr Gleed described the Guernsey cow as "super nice", and praised today's showing.

Compared to other breeds he said Guernsey's was "nicer to work with" and "not as skittish".

Swarm of bees to replace Red Arrows

Jersey Evening Post

The replacement for the Red Arrows at this year’s International Air Display has been announced – a swarm of bees.

Guernsey Royal Show: The champion animal

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The best looking animal at today's Guernsey Royal Show is this fine looking female, aptly named Veuve Clicquot.

Veuve Clicquot

I think owner Julian Ogier and his wife Katherine from Hechet Farm knew they were on to a winner with the name.

In fact, I'm told Veuve is the highest ever rated Guernsey at any show, an accolade gained about six weeks ago in the UK.

Despite that Julian said he wasn't sure she would win today as she's "quite a lot older" than others being shown today.

Veuve Clicquot

Cricket: Jersey dominate Denmark in the field

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey's Under-19s have dominated with the ball in their World Cup qualifying match against Denmark at Grainville.

Fielding first after winning the toss, Jersey bowled the Danes all out for 59 inside 30 overs, with captain Harrison Carylon taking three wickets himself.

Scotland and Ireland are the other two teams in the tournament, with the eventual winner making it though to next year's Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.

ICC/Ian Jacobs

Abrahams and Quarrie sign for Reds

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds have signed Australian centre Ellis Abrahams and ex-Auckland lock Tom Quarrie to complete their squad for the new Championship season.

Abrahams, 22, has previously worked under Reds coach Neil Tunnah and Australia boss Michael Cheika in his homeland, and helped Hartpury College gain promotion to the second tier last season.

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Jonathan Huelin

Quarrie, 29, has played in New Zealand, Spain and France and also had a spell at Birmingham & Solihull in 2012.

How to pick a winning sheep

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

It has been a baptism of fire for Isobel Bowden, from Oxfordshire, today at the Guernsey Royal Show.

On her first visit to the island she has had to judge the best looking sheep competition.

After much consternation, and a bit of consultation, she went for this "lovely long ewe with a good strong back".

Isobel with the Ewe

"She has a feminine looking head. Perfect feet and legs, and she has a really nice udder too," said Isobel.

Cricket: Jersey U19 face Denmark

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey's Under-19s have returned to action this morning as they try to bounce back from defeats to Scotland and Ireland earlier in the week.

Jersey are facing Denmark at Grainville in their third game of the World Cup qualifying tournament.

Jersey v Denmark cricket
ICC/Ian Jacobs

Classic tractors on show

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Classic tractors
Horace Camp

The Guernsey cows might be the star attraction at today’s Royal Show, but passers-by will also spot a collection of classic tractors.

One classic Guernsey farm vehicle in particular has gained notoriety of late.

Horace Camp’s Massey Ferguson 35 (pictured on the left) was apparently twice started by lightning during a thunderstorm last week.

Today's weather is luckily a little bit more settled so I'll see if we can get some of the old girls started the conventional way.

Cow judging well under way

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The awards are coming thick and fast for Robert Waters' cows, I've counted six rosettes next to his herd from La Petite Croute.

They've all got names too, something not all farmers insist on as every cow is given a number when born.

Fruity, the first one pictured below, is one of today's winners.

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Have you seen Gareth Collins?

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police are looking for Gareth Collins who has been reported missing.

Mr Collins was last seen yesterday at Gorey at about 17:30 on Wednesday.

He is described as wearing a dark top and jeans, but no longer has the facial hair pictured below.

Police have asked anyone with information to contact them on 01534 612612.

Gareth Collins
States of Jersey Police

Young girls 'accosted' by older man

Rob England

BBC News Online

Two young girls were "accosted" by an older man in St Helier yesterday, who grabbed one of their hands, police said.

The girls were walking along Bath Street towards Millennium Park at about 12:00 when they were approached.

Police said the girls ran away from the man to a "safe place".

They have described the man as being in his 60s, with a tanned complexion, short grey hair, a grey moustache and possibly a slight facial disfigurement or a lump on his face.

He was wearing a long beige coat, a dark green scarf.

The man appears to have been joined by another man after the girls ran away. Police are appealing for information.

Meet Bambi, the three-month-old cow

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

She's just three months' old, and as the name suggests a little small for her age.

Eight-year-old Sam is one of a young crop of cow enthusiasts ready to show their animals at Guernsey's Royal Show.

It's his first time at the show as well, and both seem a little nervous before they head to be judged.

bambi the cow

Homes for over-55s planned for Gorey

Jersey Evening Post

Proposals to build 18 new homes for the over-55s in Gorey Village have been submitted by property developer Dandara.

Clinton Pringle death: Woman due to be sentenced

Rob England

BBC News Online

A woman who ran over a three-year-old boy is due to be sentenced today for causing death by careless driving.

Clinton Pringle
Pringle family

Rebekah Le Gal, 39, from Mont Millais, Jersey, sent a text at the wheel shortly before the collision, the court heard.

She was cleared of the more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving following a six-day trial in June.

Clinton Pringle was run over in Tunnel Street, in St Helier on 27 June 2016, and died three days later in hospital.

Le Gal told the court she could not explain why she did not see Clinton before the crash, and that she was "haunted" by the accident.

Woman left with 'minor hand injuries' after assault

Rob England

BBC News Online

A woman suffered minor injuries to her hand after an alleged assault in St Peter Port last Wednesday, police said.

She is believed to have left a public bus at about 13:00 on Glategny Esplanade when the incident allegedly happened.

Guernsey police are investigating and appealing for witnesses.

Battle of Britain memorial flights to kick off Guernsey Air Display

The Battle of Britain memorial display will once again begin this year's Guernsey Air Display, with 2017 marking the 60th anniversary of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire will officially open the air display at 11:00 on Thursday 14 September. The City of Exeter single seater Spitfire will also make her display debut.

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Why do we love the Spitfire?

Jersey Gas 'unaware' of tax investigation

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Gas is "unaware" of any investigation of its profits by the States of Jersey tax office, a spokesman has said.

Gas hob
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The Assistant Treasury Minister, Constable John Refault, said tax officials may be looking at the accounts to see if the company created a debt to reduce profits.

Jersey Gas said it was investing money in its services and is fully complying with Jersey law and regulations, and would be seeking a meeting with the tax office to clarify.

How do you prepare to show a Guernsey cow?

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Preparing cattle for today’s annual Royal Show is a time consuming task.

It can take up to five hours for some owners to prepare a cow to be scrutinised by judges from the UK.

Most of that time is spent clipping the cow’s hair to better show off her features.

It’s all about making the head, tail, udder and top line seem more attractive, apparently.

If you want to see how successful they’ve been, stay with us on Local Live or if you're in Guernsey, there’s free entrance to the showground at Sausmarez Park from 10:00.

Guernsey cows

Breezy with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will be a breezy day with some bright spells at times, and perhaps the odd shower, although it should stay largely dry.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

In Jersey:


And in Guernsey:


Damage to vehicles in Castel and Vale

Rob England

BBC News Online

A windscreen of a silver Honda Civic was smashed and spray-painted with "offensive language" while parked at a property on Route De Landes in Vale, police have said.

The windscreen was smashed on 8 July, whilst the graffiti took place 10 days later on 18 July.

In an unconnected incident in Castel, a bonnet of a silver Hyundai matrix was scratched while parked on Les Genats Estate near the Kindred Community Centre on the 20 July.

Police are appealing for information.