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  1. Jersey's Chief Minister asked to explain low income comments
  2. Guernsey deputy says access to government information "disappointing"
  3. Three tortoises killed in Jersey fire
  4. Guernsey has 'legal and moral commitment' to public sector workers, union says
  5. Channel Island retailer Sandpiper reduces how many Costcutter stores it wants
  6. Photos show life in Jersey World War One prison camp
  7. Updates on Friday 31 March 2017

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Rob England

BBC News Online

That's all from us for today. We'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport on Monday from 08:00.

Don't forget Spotlight Channel Islands on BBC One  later. 

There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

WW1 PoW camp pictures found 'in a drawer'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Snowball fights and escape tunnels - photos of Jersey's WW1 prisoner of war camp

Rare previously unseen pictures of Jersey's WW1 PoW camp were found "in the back of a draw", the owner said.

Helier Falle found the pictures in his mother's house. 

He is the great nephew of the officer who took the six pictures, Capt Eli Bowers, who served in the Royal Jersey Militia. 

Captain Eli Bowers
Helier Falle

Captain Bowers took the six photos between late 1916 to early 1917.

"Rather than leave them sitting in a drawer for nobody to see, I thought they should be shared," Mr Falle said. Although he had seen similar photos auctioned, he added he was keeping them because "it wouldn't feel right to profit from them".

Latest weather: Rain overnight and a dry Saturday

BBC Weather

This evening the wind will pick up again and some rain is expected to arrive, including some heavy showery bursts soon after dark. It will stay mild with clear periods into tomorrow morning. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

Saturday will be largely dry with plenty of pleasantly warm sunshine. An occasional shower is possible during the morning, but most will stay dry. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).


John Nettles tonight on BBC Channel Islands News

BBC Channel Islands News

John Nettles

Don't miss Midsomer Murders, Poldark and - most importantly for us - Bergerac actor John Nettles tonight on BBC Channel Islands News , talking all things 1980s with Julie Flanagan at the new Jersey Museum exhibition.

Guernsey Archers bow to no one in Island Games victory quest

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Guernsey Archers
Guernsey Archers

The Guernsey Archers have revealed their team for the 2017 Island Games in Gotland.

The team said they were unveiling "some experienced archers and also three debutants" and that all were "practising hard to bring back our best ever medal haul".

At the last games in Jersey, Guernsey won eight medals: two gold, three silver and three bronze.

The team include: managers Steve Yates and Chris Massey, with Mike Appelqvist, Jason Clarke, Fiona Falla, Zoe Gray, Kieran Kelly, Jason Le Page, Laura Le Page, Mike Marquand, Wayne McKane, James Nippers and Gen Witham.

States housing company could be forced to redesign plans

BBC Radio Jersey

States-owned company Andium Homes could be forced to redesign its plans for five blocks of flats.

It's building nearly 150 at La Colette, on Green Street, but there is concern the company is disregarding a States decision to maintain trees and open space on the site.

St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft has made a formal request to the States to make the treasury minister tell Andium to preserve the spaces. 

Andium Homes warned £1m of States' money could be "lost" if the company was forced to redesign its plans.

Inter-island day trip ferry service 'would affect visitor numbers' - Condor

BBC Channel Islands News


Concerns have been raised that there are not enough day trips running between Guernsey and Jersey. 

Current services stop at the islands on routes between the UK and France. 

Ferry operator Condor said the timetable it put together each year was "not designed to support day trips only". 

A spokesperson said: "If Condor were to provide an inter-island service offering early morning and evening departures, it would mean basing ships in the islands, or operating at very inconvenient times on other services.

"Either of these would have a negative effect on visitor numbers from the UK and France."

Revised edition of the laws of Jersey published

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey has published a revised edition of the laws of Jersey.  

It incorporates all enactments until 1 January 2017.

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Guernsey workers being 'robbed over pensions' - Len McClusky

BBC Radio Guernsey

Len McClusky
Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Len McCluskey, the general secretary of the Unite union, has said there is "a lot of anger" among Unite members in Guernsey.

Mr McClusky said members have "overwhelmingly rejected the States of Guernsey’s attempts to rob them of their hard-earned pensions by trying to force them to pay more and work longer".

Proceedings are due to re-commence next month in the dispute over the move to a career average pension scheme, then backed by the majority of unions except Unite. 

The States of Guernsey said it would be inappropriate to comment on an ongoing court case.

Jersey make two changes for semi-final

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds make two changes as they go to Championship leaders London Irish in their British & Irish Cup semi-final on Sunday.

George Watkins replaces George Adair at wing, and at scrum-half Kieran Hardy starts ahead of Joel Dudley, while only two Irish players keep their places.

Kieran Hardy in a pre season friendly

The teams met last Saturday, with Jersey inflicting a  first league defeat  of the season on their opponents.

Harvey Biljon's side  were knocked out  of the competition at this stage last season, losing 33-32 against Yorkshire Carnegie.

WW1 photos may show PoW escape attempt

Rob England

BBC News Online

A local historian has said some of the recently revealed pictures of Jersey's WW1 prisoner of war camp  could show evidence of notorious escape attempts by the inhabitants.

Ian Ronayne, who also writes  a WW1 blog for Jersey Heritage , said: "On two occasions, prisoners tunnelled out from under one of the huts, beneath the fence and below a road to come up on the other side."

Prison officers standing by what could be a tunnel entrance
Helier Falle

Mr Ronayne said: "If so, what a fantastic find. It really brings the whole incident to life".

Durrell residents responding to 'that Friday feeling'

Department proposes new grant-funded body for sport in Jersey

Alexandra Spiceley

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

Jersey's Department for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture has formally proposed forming an independent grant-funded body for sport on the island. 

The new body, Jersey Sport, would have non-charitable purpose trust status, similar to Jersey Finance, Jersey Business, Visit Jersey and Digital Jersey, the department said. 

The proposals is scheduled to be debated by the States on 23 May.

In its proposition, the department said Jersey Sport would have the ability to "allow sport to refocus, and ensure a wider audience is aware of its importance and value in terms of health, educational, economic and community benefits."

Seasonal car parks begin charges on 1 April

Sandpiper reduces number of Costcutter stores it wants to buy

BBC Channel Islands News

Costcutter St Helier

Channel Island retailer Sandpiper has reduced the number of Costcutter stores it wants to buy. 

The company said it had wanted to take over 16 of the stores and re-brand them using its own Iceland or Food Hall brands. 

But the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities (CICRA) rejected the plan, saying it could harm shoppers by reducing their choice. 

Sandpiper has now submitted a new application, cutting the number of stores from 16 to 13.

Fisheries president warns over trade barrier threat from Brexit

Guernsey Press

The fishing industry will be under serious threat if Brexit leads to new trade barriers and local fisherman cannot land their catch in France, the Guernsey Fishermen’s Association president has said.

Congestion after three-vehicle crash outside Jersey school

Rob England

BBC News Online

          Junction connecting La Rue de Haut La Rue de Jaut to La Vallee de Saint-Pierre

There has been an accident involving three vehicles at the junction connecting La Rue de Haut to La Vallée de Saint-Pierre, near Bel Royal School.

No one was seriously injured in the incident, police said.

There is heavy congestion in the area as traffic has been filtered into one lane.

Inter-island travel: Your comments

Concerns have been raised that there aren't enough day trips running between Guernsey and Jersey. 

Condor said the reduction of its fleet from five ships to four meant it couldn't offer regular inter-island day trips without directly effecting its other routes.

BBC Radio Jersey asked you should travel between islands be easier?

If they'd have stuck with their two boats from the beginning, we wouldn't have this issue. We used to have day trips and they were brilliant. They could sail in higher seas.

Eileen, St Brelade

The Muratti ferries aren't accommodating: they need to have an extra hour each end to allow time to get to and from the boat."

Morris, St Helier

It would boost tourism to have frequent boats back and forth between the islands. An obvious advantage."

Richard, St John

What we need is the return of a smaller ship, particularly something like the old hydrofoils Condor first had, when you could easily go on day trips to Guernsey and France."

Rex, St Helier

No mention about going to Alderney. Surely we should be encouraging inter island travel among all the Channel Islands. To get to Alderney it takes two flights, which is ridiculous."

Betty, St Saviour

WW1 PoW camp pictures show how prisoners 'broke monotony'

BBC Radio Jersey

German PoW having a snowball fight
Helier Falle

Never-before-seen photographs have been released showing life in Jersey's prisoner of war camp, Les Blanches Banques.  

A US academic has said one of the photos in particular, showing German soldiers having what appears to be a snowball fight, gave historians a useful insight into life in the camp.

Dr Brian K Feltman, from Georgia Southern University in the United States, said the fight showed prisoners "breaking the monotony of camp life".  

The site housed nearly 2,000 men from the German armed forces from 1915-1917.  

These sorts of spontaneous activities were important for breaking the monotony of camp life and keeping the prisoners' spirits up, as 'barbed-wire disease' - a depression associated with the boredom and regulations of camp life - was a very serious threat to the prisoners' psychological health."

Dr Brian K. Feltman Assistant Professor of History, Georgia Southern University

Jersey Reds announce squad for Sunday match

Museums service hopes increased hours will encourage visits

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey bunker

Guernsey Museums hopes its partnership with Channel Islands Occupation Society to run the German Naval Signals Headquarters bunker in St Jacques will see more people visit the site.

The bunker will now be open every afternoon in the tourist season, whereas when it was manned by volunteers opening hours were much more restricted. We are hoping that this will enable far more people to visit the site than previously."

Dr Jason Monaghan Head of Heritage Services, Guernsey Museums

Use of statistics by chief minister not a game, says Deputy Southern

BBC Radio Jersey

The chief minister is under fire for saying the number of people on low incomes in Jersey is falling when figures show a growing gap between rich and poor people in Jersey. 

Asked recently about measures to tackle inequality the Chief Minister Ian Gorst told the assembly that Jersey's economic performance is improving, unemployment is at a six-year low but also that relative low income is reducing.

Deputy Geoff Southern said whilst using statistics it is important to remember how they affect people's lives.

It's not a game. These may be abstract facts, but we're talking about real people's lives. Now, I see the effects of what happens in people's lives day in and day out. If we can't trust our ministers, who can we trust?"

Geoff SouthernDeputy, St Helier

'Thorough review' of new population law over next few years

BBC Radio Guernsey

There will be a thorough review of Guernsey's new population management law's effectiveness in the next few years.

Deputies yesterday approved the law by 26 votes to 13.

It will come into effect on 3 April.

It represents a shift from the current system of housing licences to one of managing the population by a system of permits.

Roadworks: Langley Avenue Jersey

Guardian and Observer newspapers no longer available in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

The last ever plane carrying Guernsey's national newspapers from the UK landed at the airport this morning. 

The papers will now be delivered solely by boat from Jersey. 

As well as that, two prominent UK national titles, the Guardian and the Observer, will no longer be available in shops on the island after today.

The Guardian. Pic:
Guardian News & Media

A Guardian News & Media spokesperson said: "Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to find a cost-effective way to reliably deliver a quality-printed daily newspaper to the island. We want to thank our readers for their support and let them know that they will still be able to subscribe to the Guardian Weekly."

Teenager injured in hit-and-run

Jersey Evening Post

A 13-year-old boy was knocked over in a hit-and-run collision on St Saviour’s Hill on Tuesday afternoon.

Yellow warning from Jersey coastguard

McCluskey discusses legal challenge against States of Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

General secretary of Unite Len McCluskey has said he will be visiting Guernsey on Monday ahead of a legal challenge to public sector pension changes, brought in during 2015. 

Proceedings are due to re-commence next month in the dispute over the move to a career average pension scheme, then backed by the majority of unions. 

Unite opposes the deal, and now Mr McCluskey said it was pursuing legal action, no matter what the cost.

The States of Guernsey said it would be inappropriate to comment on the ongoing court case.

We feel quite strongly that this is part of contractual terms and that the States have both a legal and a moral commitment to our members."

Len McCluskyGeneral Secretary, Unite

Photos show life in Jersey World War One prison camp

Rob England

BBC News Online

PoW camp guard
Helier Falle

Never-before-seen photographs have been released showing life in Jersey's prisoner of war camp , Les Blanches Banques.

Images include prisoners taking part in a snowball fight during World War One and a tunnel which may have been dug as part of an escape attempt.

The pictures have been shared on social media by the great nephew of Captain Eli Bowers, who was among the camp's guards.

Guernsey people 'want more government transparency'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey deputy has said he's disappointed with a decision not to recommend an Freedom of Information law for Guernsey.

Deputy Chris Green said he felt people "want their government to be more transparent".

He added he believed there was little evidence the States' culture had improved since an access to information code was introduced in 2013.

The Policy and Resources Committee said it believed the current system was working well, with only one instance of a decision to not provide information being appealed between 2014-16.

Three tortoises killed in blaze

Rob England

BBC News Online

firefighter with a hose
Jersey Fire and Rescue

Three tortoises have died in a fire in Jersey after an electrical fault from a heat lamp sparked a blaze.

The fire, in a tortoise house, also caused damage to the owner's adjacent property in St Brelade, firefighters said.

It broke out at 02:25, but was largely controlled by the time crews arrived due to the efforts of an ex-retained firefighter, Jersey Fire and Rescue added.

An examination found heat from the flames also damaged the oil tank of the house next door.

German bunker open more hours this season

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The German Naval Signals Headquarters bunker in St Jacques is being run by Guernsey Museums in conjunction with the Channel Islands Occupation Society for the 2017 season.

The bunker will be open from 12:30 to 16:30 daily from today.

German bunker sign

Jersey Chief Minister should 'withdraw' low income remarks

BBC Radio Jersey

Politicians are calling on Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst to withdraw remarks made about the number of people on low incomes in Jersey. 

Deputy Mike Higgins asked the Chief Minister about the measures to reduce inequality in Jersey.

Mr Gorst said Jersey's economic performance was improving, unemployment was at a six year low and the number of people on low incomes was falling. 

Deputy Richard Renouf, the leader of a scrutiny review which was shocked at the growing levels of inequality in Jersey, said the statement was "misleading".

The minister's answer suggests that relatively low income is falling, but the statistics don't say that. It's important that the Chief Minister, when he wants to send out a message, and indeed all of us in public life, respect the statistics that are obtained independently.

Richard Renouf Deputy, St Ouen, States of Jersey

Condor inter-island ferry service 'improved for the season'

BBC Channel Islands News

A Condor ferry in St Malo, France
Getty Images

Visit Jersey says Condor has improved its inter-island service this season. 

Concerns have been raised that there aren't enough day trips running between Guernsey and Jersey. 

The BBC has worked out that between April and August, there are 27 day-return sailings, with time spent in Jersey ranging from three-and-a-half hours to a full day. 

Condor said the reduction of its fleet from five ships to four meant it couldn't offer regular inter-island day trips without directly affecting its other routes. It also said there were some financial difficulties associated with day trips.

Guernsey 'needs to commit to public sector workers' - Unite's McCluskey

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

The States of Guernsey needs to honour a "legal and moral commitment" to public sector workers, according to the boss of Britain's biggest trade union. 

General secretary of Unite Len McCluskey made the comment while speaking exclusively to BBC Radio Guernsey, ahead of a visit to the island due on Monday.

When visiting, he'll discuss a legal challenge against the States regarding public sector pension changes brought in during 2015.