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  1. Foodbank use rise: States 'must listen'
  2. Lottery jackpot claimed by anonymous Guernsey winner
  3. Health group's premises move rejected
  4. Concern over number of unroadworthy Jersey vehicles
  5. Nuisance seagull Gulliver 'released'
  6. Updates on Wednesday 20 December 2017

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Dive-bombing gull rehomed to Minquiers
Gulliver was captured humanely by the JSPCA and taken to the nearby small islands, the Minquiers.

Yacht salvage attempt 'suspended'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A salvage operation to remove the remains of a 20m (66ft) yacht submerged at the bottom of St Aubin's Bay has been "suspended", Ports of Jersey have said.

A spokesman said the decision came from the head of the salvage operation, and further information would be available tomorrow.

Vessels from as far afield as Belgium were due to be involved in the recovery attempt.

The vessel sank halfway between Corbiere and Beauport last month, after hitting a buoy.

The men on board were rescued by the fire service's inshore rescue boat.

Lottery jackpot claimed by anonymous Guernsey winner

The top prize in the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery of just over £1m "went to an individual who wants to remain anonymous", organisers have said.

The second and third prize, £100,000 and £25,000 respectively, still haven’t been claimed.

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States of Guernsey

Health appeals to islanders for help with 'winter pressures'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Patients who are ill ahead of scheduled operations in Guernsey and Alderney are being asked to let their medical professionals know.

Guernsey Hospital

Last minute postponements due to illness are a "significant problem", affecting the availability of theatre and clinic facilities, according to the Committee for Health and Social Care.

Director of Hospital Services Jan Coleman is urging people to speak up in advance, so other patients can be operated on.

"We would ask patients to let us know if they are unwell and are unable to attend for their operation or outpatient clinic so that these can be given to another patient, who is equally in need of these services."

In order to discharge patients in a timely manner, she is also asking that patients are collected promptly on the day of discharge to free up available beds during the busier winter months.

Constable calls for more public art in St Helier

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Constable of St Helier says he wants to see more public art and community facilities around town.

Simon Crowcroft said in recent years money earmarked for public art projects had been "used for other things" such as community parks.

"That's a debate worth having", he said. "Whether people living on an estate for example want to have a sculpture, or actually want a new playground".

At today's Roads Committee meeting in St Helier, plans were announced for a new children's play area in People's Park - which was given £60,000 by the nearby Westmount development.

Constable Crowcroft, who chairs the committee, said members would like to see this kind of money used for both types of projects in the future.

'Ugly' box to be removed 'in new year' minister says

Rob England

BBC News Online

An electricity box criticised for being placed in the middle of a newly refurbished street in St Helier will be removed "some time in the new year" the minister for infrastructure has said.

Deputy Eddie Noel said his department was asked to put in the supply to allow better power access to a food vendor, who operates in the space at Charing Cross once a week.

Subsequently Jersey's Environment Minister, Deputy Steve Luce, expressed concerns the box was not "enhancing" the public space.

Deputy Noel said officers had "tried to be helpful" by installing the supply, but the move had "backfired".

He added, parish officials had not asked where the box would be placed.

Following today's St Helier Parish Roads Committee, Constable Simon Crowcroft said he would have turned down the works if he had known where the "ugly junction box" needed to be.

More cloud and mist on the way

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

It will remain mostly cloudy through the evening with some patchy drizzle for a time and fog patches.

Tomorrow will be another rather cloudy day with mist and hill fog.

Alex Osborne presents the Channel Islands weather forecast

Not guilty verdict in historic abuse trial

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey man accused of historic sex abuse has been found not guilty on all counts.

Lester Charles Quenault, 78, was accused of assaulting two girls during the 1970s at his farm.

He denied the charges in the trial at Jersey's Royal Court.

Santa emails for some Guernsey help

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Santa's been in touch with Guernsey's States to help him put together some contingency plans in case his present deliveries go awry.

Apparently last year the reindeer weren't performing too well after over indulging on Guernsey gache and carrots.

Santa's ho-ho-hoping Guernsey's Traffic and Highway Services will make sure everything goes smoothly this time round.

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We wish you a Merry Christmas - from Jersey to Uganda

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

This class of Jersey school children from Grouville Primary School have been spreading some festive cheer in Uganda, over the internet.

This skype song is part of a learning initiative with Mifumi Primary School, in eastern Uganda, organised by charity MPS (Jersey) Uganda.

'Ugly junction box' could be removed from St Helier street

Rob England

BBC News Online

An "ugly" electrical supply box in Charing Cross, St Helier, could be removed, the parish constable has said.

Simon Crowcroft responded to concerns from Jersey's environment minister, who said it was not "appropriate" in the public space, which was recently developed.

The constable said he agreed with the minister.

Charing Cross

"The parish wanted an electrical supply, but the Department for Infrastructure who are doing the scheme never came back to us and said 'well in order to have an electrical supply you've got to have an ugly junction box', if they'd said that we would have said: 'we'll skip the supply.'"

Constable of St Helier, Simon Crowcroft

The constable added there was "clearly a need for better communication" with the department over the issue, and mistakes should be dealt with "as soon as possible".

But, despite the concerns over the box, the constable said open spaces in St Helier were in "good hands".

'Constructive' meeting between politicians and former crew

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A committee looking at setting up an independent lifeboat service in St Helier says it has had a positive meeting with senior Jersey politicians.

The island's chief minister and others met with the Jersey Independent Lifeboat Service Committee on Tuesday.

The committee was set up by former St Helier lifeboat crew members who split from the RNLI after a dispute.

It was a constructive meeting. We explained where we were coming from, our plans for a carefully structured institution and for a temporary all-weather lifeboat whilst we organise the purchase of a new boat.

We were pleased to assure the ministers of the strength of feeling and financial support in the island for an independent lifeboat. We confirmed that we were making excellent progress with the petition which will be lodged with the States in January.”

Jersey Independent Lifeboat Service Committee

Pupils wish Uganda school a merry Christmas

BBC Radio Jersey

School children in Uganda and Jersey have been learning about each others' cultures over the internet.

The six-week initiative saw the 10 and 11 year olds at Grouville Primary School singing to their peers at Mifumi Primary School over skype.

The hour-long live session also saw the two sets of pupils asking questions to each other about their favourite subjects and food.

It was organised by MPS (Jersey) Uganda, a local charity which has supported the eastern Ugandan school for more than 20 years.

Pupils speak to their fellow students in Uganda over Skype
Direct Input

The best bit was the songs, especially the traditional one that the children in Uganda sang. Being able to speak to children like us and ask them questions has brought our projects to life and I definitely want to visit Africa one day.”

Kaitlyn Betambo, 10

Christmas drink-drive campaign: 2,287 vehicles stopped


Guernsey football clubs burgled

Tyler Allen

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police are urging clubs and businesses in the island to make sure their buildings are secure after two local football clubs were burgled overnight on Monday.

Cash was stolen from Rangers Football Club in St Andrews and Northfield in Grand Fort Road was also broken in to but nothing is thought to have been stolen.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Guernsey Police.

Chief minister meets with former lifeboat crew

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

St Helier lifeboat

Senator Ian Gorst and other ministers met with members of the steering committee of the Jersey Independent Lifeboat Service yesterday.

The committee was set up by the St Helier lifeboat crew, who split from the RNLI stemming from a dispute over sacked station coxswain Andy Hibbs.

Ministers were updated on the work of the committee on setting up an independent station and "to discuss matters of common concern", a spokesman said.

The committee described talks as "constructive" and said it would be lodging a petition with the States in January.

Beaumont Hill crash: Road now clear


Million pound ticket 'yet to claimed'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Organisers of yesterday's Channel Islands Christmas lottery say no-one has yet claimed its £1,008,410 top prize.

The ticket was sold in Guernsey, organiser Oliver Tracey says.

If you've got the winning 4045047 ticket, what are you waiting for?

Christmas lottery winning numbers
States of Guernsey

Everything on track for IWV referendum in October 2018

Guernsey Press

A law that will allow the island-wide voting referendum to take place next year should go before the States around February.

Postal goods firms 'watching Brexit'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Post will be watching the implications of Brexit closely for any opportunities, five years on from a decision that damaged the economies of Jersey and Guernsey.

LVCR worker

In 2012, UK tax authorities withdrew low value consignment relief - a loophole whereby Channel Island businesses, outside the EU, could send goods under the value of £15 into the UK without paying VAT.

HMRC defended its decision to close the tax loophole after a BBC investigation revealed the move brought in just a fraction of the tax revenue predicted.

Mike Mcnally from Jersey Post says he will be following political negotiations closely.

"With Brexit looming, who knows what's going to happen because potentially that puts the UK outside of the EU?

"The question that's got to be asked is 'can UK businesses then send into Europe free of tax below a certain value?'."

BreakingMan arrested after St Helier assault

BBC Radio Jersey

A man has been arrested on suspicion of grave and criminal assault following a fight in St Helier on Friday night.

The 25-year-old has been released on bail, police said.

Another man, also 25, was flown to Southampton General Hospital to be treated for a head injury sustained in the incident.

Officers had earlier appealed for witnesses after two men, believed to be in their mid-20s, were seen fighting in the area of Hope Street and Bond Street.

Police say the men may have been involved in a further dispute around Wharf Street and Conway Street.

Oil spill on airport road


Fire and police attending Beaumont Hill crash


Gulliver 'released' at Les Minquiers

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A nuisance seagull captured by the States of Jersey has been "successfully released" at Les Minquiers.

Gulliver the seagull
Natalie Mayer Photography

Gulliver, as the bird has become known, was moved from St Ouen to the islands nine miles (15km) south of Jersey after attacks on beachgoers in St Ouen prompted numerous complaints.

The herring gull was captured by the JSPCA on Monday afternoon, and taken to Les Minquiers yesterday afternoon, where it was released on the slipway of Maistre Isle, the Department of the Environment has said.

The bird is wearing a single red ring on its right leg, and the department is asking for any sightings to be reported to them.

Majority of foodbank users are single women, report finds

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A new report shows the majority of people who have used foodbanks in Jersey in 2017 are single women, compared to 2016, when users were generally men.

Tins of food at a foodbank

Of the 70 people who visited St Vincent de Paul and Methodist foodbanks in the first three months of 2017, 42 were women and 55 were single, and most did not have children.

The 2017 report looks at foodbank usage at three Jersey sites.

Despite the demographic of the people using the foodbanks changing, the overall number has remained largely similar to 2016.

Jersey crash: 'Avoid the area'


'It's up to shops to sell themselves this Christmas'

BBC Radio Guernsey

There is concern small shops in Guernsey are still missing out on trade in the run-up to Christmas.

Some businesses in Mill Street say more should be done to encourage people off the high street and into other nearby shopping areas.

But Jack Honeybill from the Town Centre Partnership says it is the responsibility of shopkeepers to encourage people to spend their money in St Peter Port.

He says: "The Town Centre Partnership is very very keen on encouraging footfall but once the footfall is in the town it's up to the particular individual businesses to sell themselves."

Fort pool a ‘serious health risk’, says planning officer

Jersey Evening Post

A £4.55m project to demolish the old swimming pool and cable car station at Fort Regent should be recommended for approval as the buildings pose a serious risk to health and safety, a planning officer has said.

Brexit: UK plans to soften impact on European banks

Simon Jack

BBC Business Editor

The Bank of England is to unveil plans allowing European banks to operate in the UK as normal post-Brexit.

The BBC has learned that banks offering wholesale finance - money and services provided to businesses and each other - would operate under existing rules.

It means EU banks operating through branches can continue without creating subsidiaries - an expensive process.

Branches offer an easy way for banks to move money around their international operations.

Lewis Hillier

Guernsey Raiders captain Lewis Hillier says the club must keep up their consistency if they are to stay at the top.

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Weather: Cloudy, misty and mild

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

It's a mainly cloudy and misty day with the risk of some drizzle at times.

Watch out for fog patches by early afternoon.

Temperatures will reach 12C (54F).

Alex Osborne presents the Channel Islands weather forecast

New hospital chief 'optimistic for the future'

BBC Radio Jersey

The new head of Jersey General Hospital says he is impressed with the plans for the new building.

Robert Sainsbury, who has been running the NHS in Devon, will take over form Helen O'Shea as the new managing director.

Robert Sainsbury
Health and Social Services Department

I am pleased and proud to be joining the hospital team, and the wider health and social services family, in Jersey at a time of such great change and optimism for the future, particularly with the plans agreed by the States Assembly to allow funding to build the future hospital"

Robert Sainsbury

Concern over number of unroadworthy Jersey vehicles

Josephine Baker

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

Jersey drivers are putting themselves and others at risk by getting behind the wheel in unroadworthy vehicles, an island traffic official has warned.

Scrapped cars

Inspector of Motor Traffic Gordon Forrest is reminding islanders that failing to carry out basic checks could result in the vehicles being impounded and possible prosecution.

Eleven defective vehicles in Jersey were scrapped in 2017 and the owners charged after their cars were deemed not roadworthy.

Overall, more than 300 vehicles had defects out of the 10,000 checked this year.

Mr Forrest said: “I am seriously concerned that some drivers are prepared to drive a defective vehicle, putting themselves and other road users at risk."

Missed appointments 'impacting dental service'

BBC Radio Jersey

A significant number of young people are missing scheduled appointments with dentists at Jersey's hospital, according to data provided by the island's health department.

A Freedom of Information request shows 1,778 under-18s missed appointments this year, from a scheduled ​13,114 appointments.

The States part-funds dental treatment for 11 to 21 year olds.

The Dental Department said the number of patients who miss their appointments is higher than it should be, and it does have an impact on the service.

It added it had started sending out text message reminders to people three days before they are due to attend the service.

St Peter win Trinity Shield opener

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

St Peter have won the opening game of this year's Trinity Shield after a 4-1 win over St Martin.

Trinity Shield
Frank Pilnick

Jake Prince and Scott Welsh each scored twice for the western parish side, who will face Trinity in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

The Trinity Shield is the oldest competition in Channel Island football, with Jersey-born players competing for the parish they were either born in or reside.

Health group's premises move rejected

Edward Rowe

Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Guernsey

Proposals to move the Medical Specialist Group (MSG) to new premises in St Peter Port have been rejected by Guernsey's planning authority.

Healthcare provider the MSG says its current site at Alexandra House is no longer fit for purpose and would need significant refurbishment if it was forced to stay beyond its current lease, which expires at the end of March.

Objections from various groups centered around concerns over patient access to Park Place, the impact on traffic at the new site, and the loss of office space in central St Peter Port.

The Health and Social Care Committee said the premises were not in line with plans for a "patient-centred transformation" of health services.

In ruling out the move, the Development and Planning Authority concluded the MSG had failed to demonstrate more couldn't be done to improve its existing site.

The MSG declined to speak to the BBC, adding it wanted to give staff time to absorb the outcome.