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Summary

  1. 'Thousands taken from islanders in scams in 24 hours'
  2. Guernsey resident loses life savings in text message scam
  3. Child death parents 'pleased parish now taking pedestrian safety seriously'
  4. Tourist industry welcomes Jersey Airport plans
  5. Jersey Post extends opening hours to handle Christmas rush
  6. Man dressed as Luigi 'attacked at bar'
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

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We'll be back on Monday with the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

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All food companies must show hygiene ratings from today

BBC Radio Jersey

From today restaurants, cafés, and takeaways in Jersey could be prosecuted if they don't show their "Eat Safe" food safety and hygiene standard rating.

All island businesses selling food are inspected and awarded a food safety rating from zero to five stars.

The rating depends on how well they meet safety standards and comply with Jersey food laws.

Until now, only businesses with three or more stars have been allowed to display their ratings. This was to encourage those with low ratings to improve hygiene practices. But from today every business must share its rating.

University grants because Jersey investments 'performing well'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's treasury minister says he can afford to pay student grants for the next few years because Jersey's finances are in a far better state than expected.

University
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Senator Alan Maclean says he decided to give grants rather than loans because of the hardship loans can cause to students left with a large debt as they enter the workforce.

He said the island's investments have done very well over the past 12 months, meaning the states can afford the £4m cost.

The minister announced at the start of the budget debate that he would provide grants to cover the full cost of university tuition for anyone in a household earning under £150,000 as well as maintenance grants for students in households earning up to £95,000 per year.

There will be a public consultation on the tuition funding and a long-term funding solution still needs to be found according to Senator Maclean.

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'Shock' at decision not to delay education debate

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Vice President of Guernsey's Committee for Education Sport and Culture says he's "shocked" the States decided to delay a debate on the future of secondary education.

Guernsey education graphic
States of Guernsey

Members voted 27-12 against his motion to discuss the plans this month.

The plans would see the island adopt three all ability secondary schools and an inclusive sixth form college.

Deputy Carl Meerveld doesn't think the assembly will have time to do justice to the education debate when they meet in January and that is why he tried to bring it forward to December's meeting.

Up to 3,000 could be affected by strike - Condor

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A strike by dockers in St Malo has meant Condor Ferries won't be offering services to the french port tomorrow.

Sailings between the islands and St Malo were cancelled today, with Guernsey passengers affected being taken back to the island from Jersey tonight.

Condor is also in dialogue with local airlines to see if charter flights can take others to Dinard Airport.

Chief executive Paul Luxon says the company is "incredibly disappointed" by the disruption caused by the strike, adding that "additional resources" had been allocated to their customer services’ department to help those having to change their travel plans.

The company estimates between 2,000 and 3,000 passengers will be affected by the disruption to Friday and Saturday's sailings.

Church development parish assembly rejected

Jersey Evening Post

With work due to start in the new year on a controversial scheme to build an extension to St Lawrence Church, a last-minute attempt to overturn parish support has been refused by the constable.

‘Common sense decision on Les Blanches’

Guernsey Press

'Common sense has prevailed’, according to the developer of a St Martin’s site after a planning tribunal overturned a Development & Planning Authority decision.

Text scam: Check text messages and avoid public Wifi

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

States of Jersey Police are warning islanders to check text messages and emails after more than £180,000 was taken from Guernsey residents over the past 24 hours through scams.

Officers say there have been five reports of theft involving text messages and emails that claim to be from local banks and involving large purchases flagged as fraud.

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The scam has been operating across the Channel Islands with £30,000 being taken by a Guernsey person's account

When people call the number in the next message they are asked for their banking details but it is a fake number and the scammer uses the details to take money from the victim's bank account.

Police are warning people never to disclose passwords or other personal information in response to a phone call, text message, social media post or email.

A spokesman said: "Any communication from banks will use your actual name and possibly another verification of authenticity such as your postcode or part of your account number."

People are also warned to avoid doing any online banking while on an unsecured Wifi network and to either use 4G or wait until they get home.

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Jersey dig up for archaeology award

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

An archaeological dig in Jersey looking at the island's ice age past has been nominated for a national award.

It is up for the research project of the year award run by Current Archaeology magazine along with four other projects.

The team behind the dig found traces of a campsite at Les Varines made by ice age hunter gatherers up to 16,000 years ago.

The other nominated projects include the discovery of a Roman mosaic in Berkshire and a study of the Stonehenge landscape.

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Clinton Pringle: Family pleased parish is taking safety seriously

BBC Radio Jersey

The father of a toddler who died after being hit by a van near the St Helier Millennium Town Park last year says he is pleased the parish is now taking pedestrian safety seriously.

An inquest on Thursday into the death of Clinton Pringle, aged three, heard the roads around the St Helier park hadn't been independently reviewed since it opened.

The St Helier Roads Committee has agreed to follow UK best practice and bring in extra safety measures, including more speed bumps, better signage, a zebra crossing and a one-way system.

Clinton Pringle
Michael Pringle

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Jersey retail tax 'extremely damaging'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A new 20% retail tax for large retailers in Jersey has been described as "extremely damaging" by the Jersey Chamber of Commerce who say it will impact all sectors of commerce in the island.

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A spokesman said: "Despite severe warnings from both the Jersey Chamber of Commerce and Jersey Retail Association, that such a tax would negatively impact future investment in training, premises, products and services, the States have chosen to ignore sector-wide warnings and push ahead with the tax as part of the 2018 Jersey Budget."

He said the new tax will likely cause large retailers to shelve or reduce development plans and could see employment stagnate.

The new tax was part of the 2018 budget from Treasury Minister Senator Alan Maclean and approved by the States yesterday.

Senator Maclean disputed claims the cost would be passed on to shoppers. He said Jersey has a competitive retail landscape and the largest retailer, the Channel Islands Co-operative society was not subject to the tax as it is a mutual, not a traditional business.

Mental health scheme to reduce police involvement

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A new mental health triage scheme has been launched to try and reduce the chance of people having a mental health crisis being put in police cells.

A specially trained team of nurses will travel around the island overnight, at weekends and on bank holidays to help those with mental health problems.

At a time when somebody is very vulnerable it is not a good place to be, in a police cell. People's own surroundings are much better. It doesn't rule out the possibility of people requiring support from the police but it is to make sure we get the right support.

Jo PoynterDirector of operations, Community and Social Services

Evening weather: Cloudy with a few showers

BBC Weather

Some clear spells at first overnight but it will become increasingly cloudy later.

Most places remaining dry but a few showers are still likely. Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F)

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No Jersey RBS branches to close

BBC Radio Jersey

The Royal Bank of Scotland says Jersey won't be effected by plans to close 259 branches across the UK.

The company is closing one in four of its outlets and cutting 680 jobs as more customers bank online.

It will involve the closure of 62 RBS and 197 Natwest branches across the UK as the company says use of branches had fallen by 40% since 2014.

Guernsey States vote to change population law

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's States members have decided to make changes to the island's Population Management Law to make it easier for workers on short term permits to return to the island every year.

Members of the hospitality industry said the law, which only came into effect in April has had a negative impact on the hospitality and care sectors in particular.

This is because key workers are being forced to leave employment each year and are not able to easily return.

Legislation will now be drafted to once again allow short term licences for people to work for nine months on and three months off as was possible before the new law came into force in April.

Deputy who sought vote on overseas aid is ‘disrespected’

Guernsey Press

An emotionally-charged debate into the future of overseas aid saw a controversial amendment thrown out by the Assembly.

New Jersey retail tax 'will be passed on to consumers'

BBC Radio Jersey

A new 20% tax on retailers with profits over £500,000 per year will be passed on to consumers, and will impact those on a lower income hardest, according to the Jersey Consumer Council.

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The Chamber of Commerce has warned it will increase the cost of living for many islanders, while others have said there is little in the budget to help those on low incomes.

The new tax formed part of the 2018 budget proposed by Treasury Minister, Senator Alan Maclean who told the States he did not believe it would see prices increase.

What do you think of the plans for Jersey Airport?

Ports of Jersey, the government owned company responsible for the airport and harbour has announced a £42m redevelopment of Jersey Airport.

The plans include demolishing the arrivals hall and extending the current departures building by creating a new mezzanine floor to house a new departures lounge.

Jersey Airport
Ports of Jersey

Dozens of people have shared their views on the plans on the BBC Radio Jersey Facebook page.

Phil said: "In this era of austerity should we really be contemplating spending over £40m on new airport buildings?"

David said: "Like the idea of viewing over the aircraft stands, departures are currently awful. If it needs rebuilding to be compliant with aircraft safety then there is not really a lot of choice."

If you have any thoughts you can comment on the Facebook post or email us.

Man dressed as Luigi 'attacked at bar'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A man dressed as Luigi from Super Mario Bros was attacked at a bar in Guernsey, police have said.

He was with a friend who was dressed as Super Mario at the time of the attack.

Officers are appealing for witnesses who saw the assault at the Town House, in St Peter Port, on 18 November.

The details of the attack have just been released by police.

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The costumes were based on characters from the popular Nintendo game series Super Mario Bros

St John launch ambulance funding campaign

BBC Radio Guernsey

St John Ambulance in Guernsey has launched a new fundraising appeal to buy a new ambulance they can operate in the island.

St John Ambulance
BBC

The charity runs the island's ambulance service and want to raise £140,000 to upgrade it's fleet.

Ambulances have a life expectancy of about ten years and so the new vehicle will replace one that is already a year over that limit.

Acting Chief Officer of St John, Allison Marquis, says it will provide state of the art equipment that will not only save lives but also save money.

Breaking'Thousands taken from islanders in scams in 24 hours'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Nearly £180,000 has been taken from people in Jersey through text or email scams in the past 24 hours according to police.

States of Jersey Police say they've had five reports of the scams locally with fraudsters using local companies and businesses to make the scams appear real to islanders.

Text messages claim they are from Natwest and Lloyds Bank and say the person's debit card has been used. It urges them to call a fraud prevention number in the text message.

States of Jersey Police say this is not a fraud prevention number and the person on the end of the phone asks for personal information such as bank account numbers and pin numbers.

The other method being used is an email asking for payment for an invoice that is not real.

Scheme to help people with mental health issues

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

People with mental health issues in Jersey will be helped by specially trained nurses overnight, at weekends and bank holidays, it's been confirmed.

The nurses will travel all over the island and help vulnerable adults between 17:00 and 09:00.

Hospital
BBC

The pilot scheme will see Health and Social Services, States of Jersey Police and States of Jersey Ambulance Service working together to help people between 18-65 with mental health issues.

The aims include:

Biljon ready for tough Nottingham test

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds boss Harvey Biljon says tonight's Championship match at Nottingham will be a difficult encounter.

Fourth-placed Nottingham are 10 points clear of third-from-bottom Jersey, who suffered a disappointing loss at home to Yorkshire Carnegie last week after good wins over London Scottish and Rotherham earlier in the month.

Harvey Biljon
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"We've got to continue to focus on our goal of making it a very important month for ourselves and it'll still be a success should we come away with something from Nottingham.

"There's 10 points between third and eleventh, so that's the nature of the league, it's one or two games and it's a very different picture.

"We can't get too caught up with what's going on elsewhere, we need to stay focused on what we're doing."

‘Slash music budget’ says former cricket boss

Guernsey Press

A former cricket board chairman is calling for a radical rethink of Guernsey States budgeting to give sport and the arts a "fairer crack of the whip".

Wind warning issued by Jersey Met

BBC Weather

Jersey Met has issued a wind warning for the Channel Islands with force seven winds expected.

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Man loses thousands in text message scam

BBC Channel Islands News

A man from Guernsey has lost his life savings after responding to what turned out to be a scam text message.

The man, who has not been named, responded to a message saying it was from Natwest and urging him to call about a supposed Amazon purchase he had made.

Man
BBC

He told BBC News: "Me and my wife were watching TV and my wife was on Facebook and saw a post from Guernsey police warning people about scams.

"She told me to check my bank account and all of my money had been taken."

He lost £30,000 which he said he had hoped to use it for his children's education. The man said: "We are very upset. It is a lot of money, hopefully we will get some of it back."

Natwest says it will never ask for card details over text message and people should only use published numbers to get in touch.

Jersey Post extends opening hours to handle Christmas rush

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

To help manage an expected rise in the number of items being delivered to Jersey up to Christmas, government-owned postal company, Jersey Post, has extended its opening hours.

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RNLI ‘would work with independent crew’

Jersey Evening Post

The RNLI has vowed to work with an independent St Helier lifeboat station as the charity steps up its efforts to find a replacement crew.

Tourist industry welcomes airport plans

BBC Radio Jersey

Plans to redevelop Jersey Airport have been welcomed by the island's tourist industry.

Robert Mackenzie, from the CI Travel Group, says it will make the right impression for passengers arriving in the island.

Work is expected to start on the £42m project next autumn with improved security and more gates.

Airport plan
Ports of Jersey

We have to recognise from a tourism perspective that for many visitors the airport is the first and last contact with the island. To be able to have a terminal that is fit for purpose in terms of looking after our visitors when they arrive and depart is very important. It is something the whole island should embrace.

Robert MackenzieCI Travel Group

Hundreds of birds rarely seen in Jersey spotted

Jersey Evening Post

Bramblings are native to Scandinavia, Finland and Russia, and when food supplies are low in their natural habitats, between 50,000 and two million birds can migrate to the British Isles. However, only very small numbers usually end up in Jersey.

Jersey retailers to face 20% tax on profits

BBC Radio Jersey

Large retailers in Jersey will have to pay a new retail tax despite warnings it could put up the price of food from the Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

The 20% tax on the Jersey profits of large retailers was part of the 2018 budget and affects any shop which makes more than £500,000 in profit each year.

The States approved budget plans yesterday which will also see the States paying rates on their buildings and the introduction of higher duty on high emission vehicles.

Today's weather: Cold and bright

BBC Weather

Another cold day with some sunny spells. It will stay mostly dry but a few showers are possible at times, mainly at first this morning and again later in the day. Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).

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Clinton Pringle: Parents respond to road safety changes

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The parents of Clinton Pringle who died after being hit by a van near the Millennium Town Park in St Helier, Jersey, say they're pleased the parish is now taking the issue of pedestrian safety seriously.

Clinton Pringle
BBC

An inquest into the death heard the roads around the St Helier park hadn't been independently reviewed since it opened.

The St Helier Roads Committee has agreed to follow UK best practice and bring in extra safety measures, including more speed bumps, better signage, a zebra crossing and a one-way system.

Concluding the inquest, Deputy Viscount Mark Harris said he was encouraged safety improvements were being made around Millennium Town Park and would send his report to other highway authorities to prevent further deaths.

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Guernsey resident loses life savings in text message scam

BBC Radio Guernsey

A new text message scam targeting people in Guernsey has cost at least one person his life savings worth £33,000.

Text message
BBC

Guernsey Police say these text messages usually contain a link or telephone number and if the person calls or clicks on the link, the victim could be opening the door for the scammer to steal personal information and money.

The bank affected by this scam, Natwest, says it's aware of a fraud attempt and is urging islanders to report suspicious messages to them.

Det Sgt Nigel Henaghen said it was likely the criminals had a banking background.

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Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

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