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  1. Jersey health leaders urge States members to approve funding tor new hospital
  2. Cyber-crime: More Guernsey Police resources deployed
  3. Two car collision in St Saviour, Guernsey
  4. Updates on Monday 11 December 2017

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By Rob Byrne

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Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for today.

We'll be back on Tuesday from 07:00 with the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 22:30 and to get the latest news for your area from the BBC.

Condor charters freight ship as festive back-up

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

MV Arrow

Condor Ferries have announced that a freight ship has been chartered to provide cover and additional capacity over the festive period.

The MV Arrow will layover at the Dorset port until early January, where she will remain on standby to support the company's passenger and freight services before returning to Northern Ireland.

Paul Luxon, Condor's CEO, said: "With stormy weather likely, this arrangement would allow us to increase car deck capacity on Clipper for use by passengers and their vehicles whilst maintaining the freight supply chain on Goodwill and Arrow".

The Arrow can transport 66 14m trailers, and accommodate 12 passengers.

Look again at waste charges - deputy

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey deputy wants the States to look again at planned black bag rubbish charges.

Future waste charges face two challenges when they are debated again later this week, the first coming from Deputy Peter Roffey, who said the charges will hit the poorest the hardest.

Lindsay de Sausmarez also believes the proposals, which would cost island households £7 per week on average, need to be looked at again.

Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez

It's just to give the assembly the opportunity to debate the balance of charges, between the fixed charges and the bag charges. So, effectively the charges you are billed for and you can't get out of, and the cost of the bags you buy."

Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez

Weather update: Clear and cold tonight

BBC Weather

It will be dry with clear spells into this evening, although isolated freezing fog patches may form.

Later it will be very cold with the chance of frost.


Jersey weather forecast


Guernsey weather forecast

Newspaper boat crew battles big swell

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Strong winds and waves may have meant cancellations to ferry services today, but one boat braved the choppy channel waters.

The Channel Chieftain Five, a 14m catamaran, made it from St Helier to Guernsey this morning with the island's national newspapers aboard.

It also made the trip on Sunday, when this footage was recorded and posted on the Iris Freight Facebook page.

Ministers fail to deliver on St Helier regeneration

Jersey Evening Post

There has been just a marginal increase in the number of St Helier residents "very satisfied" with their neighbourhood despite town regeneration being designated one of the Council of Ministers’ top priorities two years ago, figures show.

Armed forces covenant to be signed

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Island dignitaries will tomorrow sign a covenant with the armed forces on behalf of the people of Guernsey.

Liberation Day 2014

The commitment between the States, the people of Guernsey, and the local armed forces community aims to promote integration into civilian life and help ex-service personnel and their families on the island.

The agreement will be signed at Government House at 14:30 by Lieutenant Governor Sir Ian Corder, Bailiff Sir Richard Collas, and President of Policy & Resources Gavin St Pier.

Gale warning still in force


A Jersey Met Office orange warning is still in force across the islands, with northerly force eight winds continuing.

You are being advised to maintain vigilant and check the latest forecast.

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Former fisherman used knowledge to bring in cannabis

Guernsey Press

Using years of fishing experience, Nathan Luke Martel navigated the difficult waters between France and Guernsey to import up to £290,000 worth of cannabis resin.

First Tower store may stay - competition watchdog

BBC Radio Jersey

Channel Islands competition watchdog CICRA says Sandpiper may be able to keep its First Tower store.

CICRA had asked the retailer to give up ownership of the store as part of its deal to acquire CostCutter outlets, which prompted concern from the regulator over the negative impact it may have on consumers.

But in a statement CEO Michael Byrne said the store may stay under Sandpiper ownership after concerns were raised over the impact of any closure on customers in the area.

RNLI St Helier recruitment drive attracts 80 islanders

Jersey Evening Post

More than 80 Islanders have responded to a recruitment drive to get a Jersey lifeboat station fully operational by the spring, the RNLI has said.

Herm welcomes new CEO

BBC Radio Guernsey

Herm is welcoming its new chief executive.

Herm Island sign

Craig Senior, who is taking up the role, has a background in the hospitality industry.

Former CEO Jonathan Watson says Mr Senior is well equipped to take on the role.

Wind and rain causes travel disruption

Alexandra Spiceley

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

Strong winds and heavy rain are still causing travel disruption across Jersey and on the ferry service.

Police are asking you take care in your car today, as the weather has caused flooding and debris on the roads.

Officers say the heavy rain and strong winds could make driving conditions dangerous.

Condor Rapide sailings between St Malo, Jersey, Guernsey and Poole have been cancelled.

It's because high wind speeds and wave heights would make it unsafe to travel at high speed across the English Channel.

Snow in the UK has held up a number of flights to Jersey but airport officials say the weather here isn't causing delays - passengers should check in on time.

The Ports of Jersey is monitoring the situation through the afternoon as the weather is expected to get worse.

'I just enjoy decorating'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Kyra Butcher

A Guernsey woman who took it upon herself to re-decorate St Peter Port's Christmas tree says she hopes her tinsel tinkering doesn't upset the original decorators.

"I think it just needs a woman't touch," Kyra Butcher says.

"I don't actually know who it was that did it, I do feel quite bad, because I didn't want it to come across like that at all.

"I just enjoy decorating, and things being in order."

The tree, donated by a local family, was chopped down and put in place by Guernsey's States Works last month.

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Condor Ferry Poole-Channel Islands service cancelled

Adverse weather conditions have led to delays and the cancellation of Condor Rapide's scheduled service at 15:50 GMT from Guernsey to Poole this afternoon.

Condor said wind speeds and wave heights were "beyond our safe operational limits for high speed operation cross channel".

The firm said Tuesday's service from Poole at 05:00 is also now cancelled.

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'Crowded hospital care failing patients'

BBC Radio Jersey

Patients with serious infections in Jersey can't be isolated properly because of overcrowding and poor facilities, it's claimed.

It is one of the concerns raised by three leading figures at Jersey's hospital, ahead of a States funding debate this week.

Members will decide how to pay for its redevelopment, but staff say they cannot delay any further or they risk a collapse of some areas of the health service.

The three who have signed the open letter say patients also lack the privacy to die with dignity, while the poor state of the building and facilities is putting off new staff from coming to work here.

Jersey General Hospital

We have to manage acutely unwell patients in facilities that do not match their needs. In the recent outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting, we were unable to isolate patients with symptoms due to the lack of single rooms."

Medical Director Martyn Siodlak, Chief Nurse Rose Naylor, and Medical Director Dr Sarah WhitemanOpen letter to all States members

Island’s flexibility key to South African investors

Guernsey Press

Business links between Guernsey and South Africa have significant growth potential, according to finance professionals.

Backbencher supports immigration controls

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey backbencher has thrown his support behind the idea of work permits and identity cards for the island, despite fears they could be unfair against migrant workers.

Deputy Jeremy Macon says the recent plan from the Council of Ministers, which would see time limits set on how long workers can stay in the island, could be a good way for Jersey to keep a control over the population.

Deputy Macon would like to see a focus on greater training of islanders to take up jobs in areas where there are shortages.

States of Jersey immigration policy logo
States of Jersey

It's about being able to regulate and control who is here, again, because of all the implications it has on housing, education, and health. It's also about being more selective about the skills that we need in the island."

Deputy Jeremy Macon

Church Square Christmas tree: 'It needs a woman's touch'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey woman has redecorated Guernsey's Christmas tree at Church Square, St Peter Port, after she believed it wasn't festive enough.

The tree was donated to the Rotary Club of Guernsey by a couple who had it in their St Saviour garden for more than 30 years.

Kyra Butcher was given unwanted Christmas decorations to help with the effort before giving the tree a face lift.

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The tree was fine, it was the decorations put on the tree that weren't fine. They were a bit misplaced, and basically shoved, so they just needed to be tweaked and sorted out really."

Kyra ButcherTinsel tinkerer

Jersey shopworker stole from customers after noting down card details

Jersey Evening Post

A shop assistant who made notes of customers’ credit card details and used them to make payments at the store he worked at has been jailed for 18 months.

Sark sailings cancelled

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

This afternoon's Sark sailings have been cancelled due to the weather and tidal conditions.

An extra passenger journey will be added to tomorrow's schedule, departing Guernsey at 11:00 and Sark at 12:00, subject to the weather, Sark Shipping says.

Moorings damaged in stormy conditions

BBC Radio Guernsey

A number of moorings at Guernsey's marinas are being damaged in strong winds, Guernsey Harbours says.

Harbours staff are out on pontoons and say the gales and high waters are creating heavy surges.

Boat owners are being urged to check their vessels as soon as possible to make sure they are secure and safe.

Guernsey Raiders go top of table

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey Raiders great form continued as they went top of the London and South East Premier division after a 19-13 win over rivals Tring at Footes Lane.

Dan Hill
Martin Gray

The Raiders, who were level on points with their opponents going into Saturday's game, are now a point above Hertford at the top.

But their title rivals have a game in hand after their trip to sixth-placed Westcliff fell victim to the bad weather.

Half of December's average rain falls in 48 hours

BBC Channel Islands News

Water gushes down a Jersey road

Half of December's average rain has fallen in Jersey over the past 48 hours, Jersey Met Department says.

The deluge has led to roads being flooded, with 61mm falling over a two-day period.

Alan Moss sent us this footage in from Mont Vibert, St Ouen.

Rain due to clear by mid-afternoon - Guernsey Met


Survey shows support for online voting

BBC Radio Jersey

Two thirds of people that responded to a States of Jersey survey said they were likely to vote at next May's General Election.

It also shows younger voters are less likely to post a ballot than pensioners.

Eighty per cent of people over the age of 65 said they would be heading to the polls, while just 56% of people aged 16-34 said they would take part in the vote.

Nearly two thirds of respondents said they would be more likely to vote if a system of online voting was introduced.

States of Jersey survey infographic
States of Jersey

It's been wet, but just how wet?


EU highlights islands' tax 'problems'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are being reminded of the improvements they need to make to their tax systems, or face blacklisting in the future by the EU.

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EU finance ministers approved a list of 17 non-cooperative jurisdictions, or tax havens last week.

The islands weren't on it, but featured among 47 jurisdictions committed to addressing problems identified by the bloc.

As developed countries, they have one year to address concerns centered on their tax regimes facilitating offshore structures which "attract profits without real economic activity".

Both Jersey and Guernsey's chief ministers said they would engage with the EU on the issue.

Torpedo fired in WWII uncovered in Herm

Jersey Evening Post

A torpedo which is believed to have been fired from a British boat in 1943 has been found on a beach in Herm.

'Unease' at focus on foreign workers

BBC Radio Jersey

The head of a Catholic charity in Jersey claims initial plans to stop low-paid migrant workers from staying in the island appear "unfair and unjust".

Plans to curb immigration to Jersey will strengthen the ability of the island to control the population, the island's chief minister says.

Seasonal workers would have to leave after 10 months and others after four years under the plans.

States of Jersey graph on in migration
States of Jersey

More details are due to be announced next year but John Scally from Caritas has expressed initial concern.

"I'd like to reserve judegement until I see that detail, that said, there's general unease that the focus seems to be on the low-paid, low-skilled workers, as if they are not required in the island.

"Of course we know that Jersey people don't want to do these jobs and these jobs [need to be] done, and therefore these people come here, do these jobs, and deserve respect."

Guernsey recently reversed immigration restrictions on "low-skilled" workers, following an outcry from businesses suffering staff shortages.

Player safety main concern in Guernsey FC postponement

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance says player safety was key after his side's game at Sittingbourne was called off shortly before kick off.

The Green Lions had travelled to Kent and were in the process of warming up for their Isthmian League Division One South match when it was discovered the goalmouth was frozen.

Tony Vance
Fran Torode

"It was like concrete to be honest. I was really concerned about the welfare of Will (Dennis, the Guernsey goalkeeper), defenders, anybody really, if you land on that there could be an element of concern," Vance told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"Player welfare has to be right at the top of our list. This is going to cost us an awful lot of money as it means we'll have to come back on a Tuesday or Wednesday night, but really that has to be put at the bottom of the pile when you consider player safety."

States of Jersey website down

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Jersey's government says it has problems with a number of its websites this morning after a power loss in its IT data centre.

It hopes to get the websites, including working as soon as possible, and is apologising for any inconvenience caused.

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Weather disruption: Emergency services 'stretched'


Adverse weather conditions and an IT problem is stretching emergency services, Jersey Ambulance tweets...

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Trees down and roads flooded as Jersey hit by severe weather

Jersey Evening Post

Dozens of trees have been brought down and several roads have been flooded.