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Summary

  1. The number of crimes reported in Jersey dropped to a record low last year, police figures show
  2. Eddie Saints, the chief executive officer at Sure, has died
  3. 'Stolen' car set alight in Forest car park
  4. More than 66,000 coins removed from Jersey hoard
  5. Heather Watson named in Team GB squad
  6. Updates on Monday 9 January 2017

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Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget Channel Islands News later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

L'Office du Jerriais launches audio project

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

L'Office du Jerriais has launched an audio project with Dr Mari Jones (University of Cambridge) and Dr Julia Sallabank (SOAS, University of London) to capture the island's native language.

They are looking for people who are fluent, people who want to learn and people who want to improve to create a project to help learners of the future and keep the language alive.

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Hundreds attend Guernsey's first Health Show

BBC Radio Guernsey

More than 1,500 islanders are thought to have attended Guernsey's first Health Show yesterday.

It was aimed at promoting local industries involved in healthy physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Carolyn Oxburgh, from the Chest and Heart Unit, was at the event at Beau Sejour and says islanders can always do more to reduce the risk of getting heart disease.

‘Progress on Children’s Law should be aired in public’

Guernsey Press

A deputy pushing to see the recommendations of a review into the Children’s Law implemented wants Scrutiny Management to hold public hearings to establish the progress being made.

Plan for ban on parking on private land without permission

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's community and constitutional affairs department is reviewing a law that would allow private landowners to punish people who park on their land without permission.

The law would also cover Andium Homes and Ports of Jersey, according to a freedom of information request.

It goes on to say that it would provide private landowners "with a form of protection and redress against the problem of unauthorised vehicles on their land".

Parking sign
BBC

Weather: More rain and strong winds

BBC Weather

This evening cloud will continue to break up to give some clear spells overnight.

It will also be breezy overnight with scattered showers pushing in across the islands from the north-west. Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F).

Weather map
BBC

Bright spells and showers at first, though tending to become cloudier with more persistent rain arriving by mid-morning.

Clearing slowly through the day with clear spells again by the evening. Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).

Bottle-nosed dolphins spotted in Guernsey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A pod of Bottle-nosed Dolphins have been spotted bow riding outside Jaonneuse in Guernsey by Mark Guppy.

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Surge of activity in building industry

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey's construction industry is experiencing a surge in activity, with work under way or planned on thousands of homes and millions of pounds worth of commercial space.

Big changes for Jersey Police in 2017

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's police force will undergo a number of changes in 2017 as it prepares to move into its new headquarters in Green Street.

Chief officer Mike Bowron said this would include giving frontline officers palm top computers so they can do all their paperwork while on patrol.

He said: "We need to make sure our people are giving the maximum output required. We are looking to modernise all the time and be one step ahead of changes in society, changes in technology."

Jersey Police
BBC

Thousands of trees collected for charity

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A record number of vans have been out collecting Christmas trees raising about £31,000 so far for a Jersey charity.

Sacha Patel of Jersey Hospice says there had twice the number of vans, compared with previous years, collecting at least 2,100 trees for recycling.

She says the charity is overwhelmed by the amount of islanders who paid to have their real trees taken away at the weekend and turned into compost.

Christmas Tree
BBC

Health to look at building use in savings plan

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A reshuffle of departments and buildings will play a key role in reducing spending on health in Guernsey, according to the vice president of the Health and Social Care Committee.

Princess Elizabeth Hospital
BBC

Deputy Rhian Tooley says there have already been huge savings within the department and what she describes as a "seismic" shift in its approach.

She said there was still a long way to go in using buildings more effectively, something they're currently looking into as part of wider improvements and cost-cutting measures.

Caring Cooks gets new chairman

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A charity that cooks meals for families in Jersey on low incomes has a new chairman.

Former Hospice chief executive Steve Harvey, has been appointed as chairman of the Caring Cooks of Jersey.

The charity was started in 2014 from one mum's gesture to cook a meal once a week for a family in need. Mr Harvey aims to help Caring Cooks to build on its progress.

Caring Cooks logo
Caring Cooks of Jersey

Strong wind warning for today

Emergency services tackle two car fires

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey's emergency services have tackled two separate car fires overnight and this morning. 

Fire crews were called just before 07:30 today to extinguish a vehicle "destroyed" by fire near the Brock Ward entrance at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

Car Fire
BBC

Overnight, a silver Peugeot 206 was found on fire at a coastal car park in the Forest. Guernsey Police say the car, which was found at La Corbiere, just after 22:00, was possibly stolen in St Martin before being set alight.

There were no injuries reported at either incident.

The Hub wants minority groups to get in touch

Guernsey Press

Hearing about young people’s needs will help The Hub as it launches inclusivity sessions for carers, black minority ethnic and LGBTQ+ groups.

Graffiti on further education college building

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

There is graffiti on the wall of a building at the College of Further Education site in St Sampson, Guernsey.

Police are investigating after the wall of a building on the Delancey Campus was painted and a large hole made in a heating duct.

Police suspect the damage occurred between 30 December 2016 and 3 January 2017.

College of Further Education
BBC

Tower Hill closed due to loose masonry

BBC Radio Guernsey

Tower Hill, St Peter Port, has closed to all traffic to allow emergency works to be carried out to a building with loose masonry in the road, says Guernsey's Traffic and Highway Services.

The pedestrian footpath in Tower Hill is closed and drivers wishing to access Lower Hauteville, will need to access via Cornet Street while those looking to get to Hauteville can use either Cornet Street or Pedvin Street.

The road is expected to stay shut until the end of the month.

Thousands struggling financially in Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The chairman of the Community Savings Bank, a charity aimed at helping people who wouldn't normally qualify for a bank account, says there are up to 5,000 people really struggling in Jersey.

The charity currently helps about 1,000 people but Steven Hunt says there are many more people struggling.

King Street
BBC

It is a problem we must not ignore. Jersey is by and large a very wealthy island but there are people in Jersey, because of our high costs who are struggling. It only takes a change in circumstances to cause that."

Steven HuntChairman, Community Savings

Jersey crime figures: Reported domestic assaults down on 2015 figures

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The number of domestic assaults reported to Jersey police fell last year compared to 2015.

Police
BBC

Latest crime figures show 265 incidents were brought forward last year - compared to 309 the previous year.

Chief Officer Mike Bowron says there had been an increase in reported incidents in the years before that as a result of a police campaign to encourage people to come forward.

Mr Bowron says the decline could be due to repeat offenders changing their ways.

Damage to back door of Forest Park Hotel

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The rear door of the unoccupied Forest Park Hotel site in St Martins was damaged over the weekend, police have said.

Forest Park
BBC

Offenders smashed a glass pane in a door to gain access to the building sometime between 15:00 on Saturday and 13:00 on Sunday.

Officers have asked anyone with information to get in touch.

No rush for free pre-school places

Guernsey Press

Pre-schools and nurseries have seen very little uptake of 15 hours’ free entitlement since a new funding scheme began last week.  

Deputy 'can't wait' for Ofsted review

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A Guernsey deputy says he "can't wait" for an Ofsted review into the services that protect the Bailiwick's children and young people. 

Deputy Lester Queripel's been quizzing island committees on what they've done to implement the recommendations of the Marshall Report, which suggested 21 ways that Guernsey's Children Law could be improved. 

Deputy Queripel says suggestions for improvements to what was known as the safeguarding service are welcome.

More than 66,000 coins removed from Jersey hoard

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

More than 66,000 coins have been removed from the Jersey Coin Hoard since work started more than two years ago.

Coin hoard
Jersey Heritage

The hoard was found by two metal detector enthusiasts in a field in 2012 after decades of searching. 

A team - led by Niel Mahrer - has been removing the coins one at a time, with more than 34,000 removed in the last year alone.

There is very little left of the hoard, experts say.

Police appeal after knifepoint robbery

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Police are still appealing for information after an armed robbery in St Helier last week. 

A man with a knife stole money and valuables from Temple Stores on Thursday evening.

Temple Stores
BBC

Officers said they have had some calls about what happened and said the offender made the owner hand over cash and valuables before leaving.

Police have made no arrests so far. 

Musket volleys ring out as the Battle of Jersey is remembered

Jersey Evening Post

Muskets were fired in the Royal Square on Saturday to commemorate the 235th anniversary of the Battle of Jersey.  

'Big drop in crime' for Jersey Police

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Last year, Jersey Police saw the number of reported crimes drop to below 3,000 for the first time - which was a 37% drop over six years, according to a new report.

Chief of Police, Mike Bowron, said this was not due to fewer people reporting crime, but an actual drop in the number of crimes.

He said crimes against property, thefts, assaults and night time economy violence were all down.

Mike Bowron
BBC

We had a 14% drop in domestic violence last year but that followed an increase in previous years following campaigning to get people to come forward. I think behaviours are changing and we are seeing a reduction in repeat offenders.

Mike BowronChief of Police

Guernsey States criticised for 0.8% pension increase plan

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey States is facing further criticism from pensioners unhappy with the latest rise in State pension rates. The 0.8% increase has been labelled by some as inadequate. 

Old hands and money
BBC

Employment and Social Security says it's part of a balanced set of measures and those struggling financially should seek help from the benefits system. 

Speaking on the Sunday Phone-in, Deputy Jeremy Smithies said increasing the pension would mean cuts in other areas.

Savings charity boss says thousands could need help

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The director of a charity that helps people with financial worries in Jersey believes there are thousands who need its help. 

Community Savings helps 1,000 people at the moment, but Steven Hunt believes the number could be as high as 5,000. 

He says the charity helps people open a bank account for those who do not qualify to have a typical high street bank account.

Call for annual review of the Children Law

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

An island politician is calling for an annual review of children's services in Guernsey.

Deputy Lester Queripel
BBC

Deputy Lester Queripel has been quizzing various States committees on what they've done to implement the recommendations of the Marshall Report - an independent review into the island's Children Law - published in 2015. 

Scrutiny Committee President Deputy Chris Green says he'll discuss the idea of an annual review - he hopes to hold a further hearing into the law in the next few months.

Raiders target top-five finish

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey Raiders boss Jordan Reynolds says his side are targeting a top-five finish in National Three London.

Having been 9-0 down, the island side won 25-16 against Westcombe Park thanks to tries from Ned Brown, Owen Thomas and Jason Batiste.

Guernsey Raiders
Martin Gray

"At the start of the season we wanted to be in the top six, and we're kind of there now," said Reynolds.

"We've reassessed it and we'd love to be top five and into that next spot, or maybe jump into that fourth spot."

Dry January need not mean dull January

Guernsey Press

Spreading the message that staying ‘dry’ in January need not be dull was the aim of a Drug and Alcohol Strategy event at Elizabeth College on Saturday.  

Jersey reported crime 'falls below 3,000 for first time'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The number of crimes reported in Jersey in a year fell below 3,000 for the first time, according to the latest crime statistics report. 

The latest figures show there were 37% fewer crimes reported in 2016 than six years ago. 

The number of assaults in the home fell by 14%, but the nature of police work is changing, bosses warn. 

Officers now deal with more mental health issues, missing people and internet crimes.

Jersey Police
BBC

Rwanda delegation in Jersey to discuss cows

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A delegation from Rwanda is in Jersey today discussing a new two-year project to utilise the high milk yielding qualities of the Jersey cow in the country.

Thousands of straws of bull semen are being taken to inseminate native cows that are far less productive in terms of milk.

Jersey and Rwanda first worked together in dairy cow improvement in 2005. 

Jersey cows
BBC

The famous Jersey breed is now widely known and highly valued in the landlocked African country. 

Carolyn Labey, Chair of Jersey Overseas Aid, said: "This is sustainable development at its best, and people in Jersey should be enormously proud of the fact that we are making a permanent improvement to the quality of an entire nation's dairy herd, and in so doing assisting many people out of poverty with better nutrition and on to better lives."

Experienced Jets players must 'step up'

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Team Jets' experienced players need to step up and help the club's younger players, says boss Linda Andrews.

The Jersey team lost 49-35 to Premier Romans to find themselves third-from-bottom of Premier League Two.

Team Jets v Premier Romans
Steve Lund

"The more experienced players around them need to keep step up and support them," Andrews told BBC Radio Jersey. "Sometimes the play was brilliant, but the moment we started holding on to the ball it gave them the opportunity to stifle us," she added.

Jets, who lost three of their best players in the summer, have won just twice all season and face a fight to stave off relegation.

Team Jets v Premier Romans

Experienced Jets players must 'step up'

Team Jets' experienced players need to step up and help the Jersey-based club's younger players, says boss Linda Andrews.

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Spending on booze and food in Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A&E ‘not for coughs and colds’ – States

Jersey Evening Post

Islanders are being urged to use the Accident and Emergency Department only for ‘genuine’ emergencies, after visits soared by a third during the Christmas period.  

Heather Watson named in British Fed Cup team

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey's Heather Watson has been named as one of the four players in the British team for the Aegon Fed Cup Europe/Africa Group 1 tie on 7 February.

She will join Johanna Konta, Laura Robson and Jocelyn Rae.

Captain Anne Kothavong said: "We have fantastic experience in Heather and Laura, with nearly 40 Fed Cup rubbers between them."

Heather Watson
EPA

Car on fire in Guernsey 'likely stolen'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A car found on fire in the Forest, Guernsey, on Sunday night is thought to have been stolen, police say.

Burnt out car
BBC

Emergency services were called after reports of the fire at La Corbiere car park just after 22:00. 

Police suspect it was stolen from St Martins and driven to the coastal car park before it was set alight. No-one was injured.

Andrews' Guernsey loan not to be extended

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance says the club will not extend Jake Andrews' loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old has scored five goals in five games for the Green Lions since joining from Bristol City and recently extended his deal.

Jake Andrews
Fran Torode

"We're not allowed to," Vance told BBC Radio Guernsey when asked if he could extend his deal until May. "He's a professional footballer and he needs to go and earn that opportunity higher up," added Vance.

Andrews is one of three Bristol City players who have joined the Green Lions on loan since an agreement was set up between the clubs thanks to City's Guernsey-based chairman Steve Lansdown.

Bright start to the day 'unlikely to last'

BBC Weather Watchers

A bright start to the day in Guernsey, but it's unlikely to last according to BBC Weather with rain expected later.

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