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Summary

  1. Heroin worth £400k seized by Jersey police
  2. Vale Road to remain closed over Christmas
  3. Tourist centre moving to bus station - Liberty boss
  4. Alderney to look into assisted dying
  5. Guernsey waste charges will 'hit the poor the hardest'
  6. Guernsey charity shop's cash stolen
  7. Updates on Thursday 7 December 2017

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  2. Man jailed for 13 years for sexual abuse of two girls

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A 50-year-old man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for historical sexual abuse of two girls.

    Martin James Jegou

    Martin Jegou had previously been found guilty at the Royal Court of eight counts of indecent assault, two counts of procuring an act of gross indecency and one count of rape.

    Deputy Bailiff Tim Le Cocq heard the majority of offences were against an unnamed girl between 1997 and 2003 and the abuse started when she was nine years old.

    Crown Advocate Conrad Yates said Jegou groomed the girl over a long period of time. She didn’t understand what was happening. As she grew older she knew it was wrong, but was groomed to accept it.

    A separate sexual offence against another girl happened between 1998 and 2001.

  3. Free contraception move aims to reduce teenage pregnancies

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's government has launched a scheme to try to reduce the number of under-18s giving birth.

    The conception rate among 15-17 year olds in Guernsey and Alderney is double that of Jersey, where free contraception is provided to under 21s.

    Between 2013 and 2015 there were just under 17 births per 1,000 women in Guernsey and Alderney aged 15-17.

    Woman with pregnancy test

    A £116,000 annual pilot scheme has now been launched in Guernsey offering free contraception to women under the age of 21.

    It will provide a range of options such as long acting reversible contraceptive options such as implants, as well as oral contraceptive options and injections.

    All services will be provided free of charge at the point of access, the Committee for Employment and Social Security said.

  4. HMS Queen Elizabeth: Jersey girl presents posy to monarch

    BBC Channel Islands News

    Molly Smith, 7, from Jersey, was picked to present the Queen with a posy during the commissioning of HMS Queen Elizabeth this morning.

    Her father, Mark Smith, has been in Royal Navy for 18 years and will serve on the new aircraft carrier.

    Molly has been practicing her curtsy all week and has also made a Christmas card for the Queen.

    Queen being presented with flowers
  5. States grants system ‘has weaknesses’

    Jersey Evening Post

    Tens of millions of pounds worth of grants and subsidies given out by the States annually are being administered through a system that is plagued with "significant weaknesses", according to the island’s independent spending watchdog.

  6. Weather: Blustery and cold overnight

    BBC Weather

    Blustery sleet showers could be possible later through the evening and overnight.

    Clear skies will develop across the islands for a while, though.

    It means there could be a widespread frost by dawn.

    Jersey:

    Jersey weather forecast

    Guernsey:

    Guernsey weather forecast
  7. GDP: How have the figures changed?

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    As well as a showing marginal growth in Guernsey's economy in 2016, gross domestic product figures from previous years have been revised significantly.

    The States of Guernsey has changed the way it measures the size of the economy for the first time this year.

    2015 GDP data
    Image caption: 2015 GDP data

    The figures show the total value of the economy has been underestimated historically, however, there are significant differences in annual growth estimates.

    For example, under the old data the economy was thought to have grown 4.5% in 2012, but today's data suggests it contracted by 3.7%.

    2016 GDP data
    Image caption: 2016 GDP data
    Quote Message: It's important to highlight that the economy hasn't changed, it is the data that has changed. The economy is as strong today as it was yesterday. The island's GDP data is now calculated using a methodology comparable to other similar jurisdictions and as a result has risen from £38,000 to £46,000 per person." from Deputy Gavin St Pier President of the Policy and Resources Committee
    Deputy Gavin St PierPresident of the Policy and Resources Committee
  8. Police want to speak to this man

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Image from Guernsey Police

    Guernsey Police want to talk with the pictured man in relation to an assault which took place on Sunday 29 October 2017.

    It occurred about 00:55 on Crown Pier, St Peter Port.

    Anyone with information is being asked to contact the force.

  9. Tide alert issued for this evening

    Twitter

    Tonight's 9m high tide at 21:23 in Guernsey combines with strong north-to-northwesterly winds.

    There may be some spillage over sea walls on the island's west coast, Guernsey Met Department says.

    Another west coast alert has been issued for 09:41 tomorrow morning.

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  10. Northern skies clearing

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's a bit more pleasant here in the north of Guernsey this afternoon after a wet, blustery morning.

    Thanks to Weather Watcher Chris Cumulus for sending this photo in this afternoon of the Vale area.

    Vale skies in Guernsey
  11. Cross-examinations by accused 'to stop'

    Alexandra Spiceley

    BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

    People accused of crimes in Jersey won't be able to cross-examine victims in court in planned changes to the island's criminal justice system.

    Under proposals from the Home Affairs minister, defendants would have to arrange a legal representative or lawyer to question witnesses.

    It aims to reduce the risk of witnesses and jurors feeling intimidated or at risk of harm.

    Deputy Kristina Moore says this is part of a wide project to modernise and improve the criminal justice process in Jersey, making it safer and fairer for both victims and accused people.

  12. Discussion with Seigneur expected next week

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Sark's Seigneur Major Christopher Beaumont will be discussing island matters at an event next Tuesday, 12 December.

    Mr Beaumont inherited the title from his father, Michael, who died in July 2016.

    Major Christoper Beaumont

    He will discuss his vision for the future of Sark and plans for La Seigneurie at the event hosted by Sark's Chamber of Commerce at the Sark Sanctuary Centre at 19:00.

    The event is open to all.

  13. Concerns raised over grant payments

    Sarah Bailey

    Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Jersey

    There are concerns Jersey's government grants system is failing to provide good value for money for taxpayers.

    A report by the Jersey Audit Office has highlighted a number of weaknesses in the system of issuing grants, which are amounts given to a group or organisation for a specific project or purpose.

    Last year, the States spent more than £5m on grants, including payments for the International Air Display and Nursery Education Fund.

    But Auditor General Karen McConnel has raised concerns about weaknesses in their management.

    Her review found ambiguity about what constitutes a grant, resulting in some typical contractual payments wrongly being treated as grants.

    She also found there was insufficient oversight and weaknesses were allowed to continue despite concerns previously being raised.

  14. Ice rink back at leisure centre

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Christmas ice rink will return to Fort Regent this evening, after controversially not opening in 2016.

    A two-time ice dancing gold medallist will cut the ribbon at the leisure centre as part of the festive celebrations.

    Last year the States of Jersey Development Company was criticised on social media for renting the Weighbridge to a private company to run the winter wonderland, which included an ice rink.

    This led to the rink at Fort Regent having to pull out because it was thought there wasn't the demand for two.

    The rink will be open until 14 January 2018.

  15. BreakingGuernsey economy 'grew in 2016'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's long-awaited gross domestic product (GDP) statistics, released today, show the economy grew by 0.6% in 2016.

    The measure is the total amount of income generated by individuals and companies in the island, and has been calculated using a new methodology for the first time.

    2016 data shows the economy was worth £2.9bn in total, meaning GDP per head stood at £45,913.

    States of Guernsey GDP data
  16. Delay to Vale Road work caused by 'need to relocate sewer'

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Plans to reopen Guernsey's Vale Road over Christmas have been put on hold as the sewer work will take about four weeks longer than planned.

    The road is now expected to reopen at the end of February.

    Cyclists dismount sign on Vale Road

    "The extension to this road closure is extremely regrettable and we apologise to both residents and businesses in the area as well as other road users," said Mark Walker, capital delivery manager for Guernsey Water.

    "Our initial investigations involved substantial desk top studies of existing utility records and also excavations on site to locate these services.

    "However, when we opened up our trench we found that the services deviated from what was expected, so we need to relocate our sewer.

    "This requires substantial additional engineering work in order to maintain existing sewer flows without excessively disrupting residents’ wastewater services."

  17. Vale Road to remain closed over Christmas

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Having announced an extension to the road closure for sewer drainage improvement work Guernsey Water has also said it is changing its plan to reopen the road during the Christmas break.

    This is in a bid to reduce the time of the overall closure, which is now expected to run until the end of February.

    Road Closed sign at Vale Road
    Quote Message: Opening Vale Road over Christmas and the New Year would have required seven to 10 days of non-productive work backfilling, resurfacing, re-establishing the site working area and then re-excavating the trench.
    Vale Road
    Quote Message: In order to get the work done as quickly as possible we will keep the site open and continue working whenever we can during the Christmas and New Year period, we will also be working longer hours on Saturdays - between 08:00-16:00." from Mark Walker Guernsey Water capital delivery manager
    Mark WalkerGuernsey Water capital delivery manager