States of Guernsey

Seven arrested for assault and drug offences

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Guernsey Police are investigating an assault that took place in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Seven people have been arrested for alleged involvement in an incident where a man sustained facial injuries and required hospital treatment. He was discharged later in the day.

According to a police spokesperson, some of the people arrested are also under investigation for drug related offences.

Everyone who was arrested has been released on bail while police continue with their inquiries.

First photos of new Aurigny aircraft

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Aurigny has released photos of the first fog-beating aircraft that is being built for the airline.

Three new ATR-600s have been ordered at a cost of £46m.

Aurigny has previously said the potential to reduce fog disruption will save the airline £1.1m over a decade.

New ATR
Aurigny

The current green appearance comes from the aircraft being coated in anti-corrosive zinc, but will change when it's painted.

The first of the new planes has been named G-OATR, which "signifies the commitment and relationship" Aurigny has with the manufacturer, ATR.

New ATR
Aurigny

No runway progress on the horizon

BBC Radio Guernsey

No more time will be spent looking into a potential runway extension according to the president of Guernsey's Committee for Economic Development.

At the end of last week States members voted 20-19 against investigating the business case for lengthening the island's runway.

Deputy Charles Parkinson says "what's done is done" and that nothing will now be brought back to the States this political term.

Guernsey runway
BBC

Reasons for planning resignation unclear

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

It's still unclear why the president of Guernsey's planning authority resigned from the role.

A representative from the Bailiff's office confirmed it received a resignation letter from Deputy John Gollop.

John Gollop
BBC

Deputy Gollop has led the Development and Planning Authority since the start of the States term in 2016.

Vice-President Dawn Tindall said it was "no surprise" to her but she's sad to see him go because he was "a fantastic president who put his heart and soul into the job".

The BBC has made repeated attempts to contact Deputy Gollop but is still awaiting a response.

Brexit delay 'lesser of two evils' - chief minister

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey's chief minister has cautiously welcomed the "flexible extension" of Brexit, agreed between the UK and the EU overnight.

Deputy Gavin St Pier said: "I think it is to be welcomed, notwithstanding the ongoing uncertainty both for government, the community and for business as a result of the extension.

"I think it is the lesser of two evils - of having a no-deal disorderly Brexit at 23:00 tomorrow."

Along with Britain's fellow Crown dependencies Jersey and the Isle of Man, Guernsey has been contingency planning for a no-deal.

In such a scenario there have been warnings of fresh food shortages due to disruption at Portsmouth's port, where the majority of the island's food and medical supplies are imported from.

Deputy cleared of second conduct complaint

BBC Radio Guernsey

Deputy Neil Inder
BBC

A complaint about a Guernsey politician has been dismissed by the island's Code of Conduct Panel.

It was the second complaint made against Deputy Neil Inder by fellow politician and tourism lead, Deputy Dawn Tindall.

The earlier complaint was over criticism of the island's tourism strategy made in an interview with BBC Guernsey. As a result, Deputy Inder was cautioned for being critical of civil servants.

In the second complaint, Deputy Tindall alleged further comments made by Deputy Inder in a separate interview with the BBC, and also on his Facebook page, were a breach of the code of conduct for politicians.

But a panel found that the evidence provided by Deputy Tindall did not support her allegation and it dismissed the complaint.