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  1. Group urges islanders not to donate to RNLI after St Helier coxswain row
  2. Jersey nurse struck off for lying at interview
  3. 'Murder' victim's inquest opens
  4. Social housing tenants allowed £20,000 more in savings
  5. Updates on 28 April 2017

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By Ryan Morrison

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Thanks for joining us today, we'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:50 tonight.

There is news through the night and across the weekend on your BBC Local Radio station.

Weather: Risk of frost

Showers should clear with fair or sunny periods developing this evening. There is a risk of a ground frost overnight. The minimum temperature will be 5C.


New face in police chief's chair

Guernsey Police have helped Ernie Backlund-Beale tick an item off his bucket list today, by showing him around the station and letting him sit in the boss's chair.

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Know your drink measurements, police urge

Guernsey Police are reminding islanders and licensed premises to make sure they clearly understand the size of measures being served to them within pubs and restaurants. 

It follows reports on social media from people who claim to have been served large measures without their prior knowledge.


Superintendent Nigel Taylor of Guernsey Police said: “The customer should always be supplied with the size of measure stated on the price list displayed in the pub or restaurant.  

"The measure should never be under or over the measure stated." 

"Price lists should always be available in clear view to members of the public and should stipulate what size a standard measure is for that particular establishment, together with the cost.”

The Police says they will remind license premises of the laws, but ultimately the customer is responsible for requesting the size of measure required.  

New Guernsey Jurat to be elected

The Bailiff has received three nominations for the office of Jurat of the Royal Court to replace Jurat Margaret Spaargaren. 

The Jurats act as a jury, and are judges of fact in both civil and criminal cases.

Guernsey Court

Michael Newell Reiss Burrows, Sandra Lillian Silvestri and Joanne Marie Wyatt have all been proposed and seconded.

The States of Election will meet on Wednesday 17 May to choose the new Jurat. 

Students' cooking skills put to the test

A charity cooking event has been taking place at Highlands College today.

The Les Amis Mastercook saw Islanders supported by the charity working alongside students at the College’s Academy of Culinary Arts to create dishes from a box of ingredients.

Chefs and volunteers
Les Amis

This year's category is 'Afternoon Tea' and has been judged by Eileen Buicke-Kelly, Director of Culinary Arts and Catering Operations at the Academy, Chef Lecturer Dominic Farrell and Ashley Cox, Jersey managing director of Les Amis’s corporate partner ZEDRA.  

Naval ship may not appear at boat show

The appearance of a Royal Navy patrol vessel at the Jersey boat show is in doubt.

HMS Mersey had been expected to appear, but may now not be able to because of "operational duties".

HMS Mersey

The Ports of Jersey said it "Continues to liaise with the Royal Navy in the hope that the ship may make an appearance on Sunday and Monday". 

"While this is very disappointing we fully appreciate that the appearance of all Royal Navy assets at the show are subject to these operational commitments."

A number of other Royal Navy vessels are appearing over the weekend.

More people employed in Jersey than a year ago

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

There were 740 more people in work in Jersey this year than at the same time the previous year, according to Jersey Stats Unit's Labour Market Survey. 

The survey found there were 1,010 more jobs in the private sector and 270 fewer in the public sector.

Deputy Geoff Southern

Deputy Geoff Southern of Reform Jersey welcomed the figures due to a reduction in the number of zero hour contracts.

He said: "The proportion of zero-hour employment in the public sector has fallen to just over 6% of the total. 

"The use of zero-hours, often inappropriately, remains stubbornly high in comparison with the UK, at 11%."

Condor responds to contract claims

The boss of Condor Ferries says the company remains committed to running the service.

Earlier today Seputy Peter Ferbrache said he "will not be advocating to the States any kind of contract with Condor anytime soon as we are significantly apart in our aspirations."

Guernsey has an ongoing agreement with Condor but no legally binding contract.


Paul Luxon, CEO of Condor Ferries said: "We published the Comprehensive Service Review in November of last year and our focus is working intelligently to implement the recommendations as detailed in that report. 

"Condor’s senior management team is in regular and constructive discussions with the Committee for Economic Development in Guernsey and the Minister for Economic Development in Jersey and through this proactive engagement we are able to explore and evaluate all viable options and opportunities." 

"We remain absolutely committed to continuing to provide reliable and enjoyable sea connectivity between the communities we serve through our freight, lifeline and tourism services."

Comeback gig for Jono

A Jersey musician, who suffered life changing injuries in a ski accident three years ago, is singing in a comeback gig this evening. 

Jono Rothwell, who regularly played across the Island, has been re-learning the words to his favourite songs to perform with friends at the Goose on the Green pub in St Peter. 

Jono Rothwell

Mr Rothwell ruptured a tumour and was on life support following the accident in Austria. 

The event is in aid of Jersey Cheshire Home which is helping him to learn to live with his brain injury and blindness.

Concerns for environment funding

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Environment ministers from Britain's overseas territories are warning they face a serious cash shortfall if the UK fails to plug the EU funding gap. 

Combined, the 11 UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies are home to a far greater concentration of endangered species than any other part of the UK mainland. 

Alderney Wildlife Trust

The ministers have been meeting in Alderney this week, to discuss how they can work together to retain the funding the EU gives to environmental protection.  

Higher savings threshold for social tenants in Guernsey

Pensioners in Guernsey will be allowed to save additional money before being moved out of social housing.

A new Capital Sums Policy means people can save £20,000 more than they used to be allowed. 


President of the Committee for Employment and Social security, Michelle Le Clerc says this is to make sure they only ask a tenant to leave social housing if they're confident they can afford to rent a property in the private sector.    

Inquest opened into death of alleged murder victim

Jersey Evening Post

An inquest into the death of a woman who was found dead in her St Helier home earlier this month has been opened and adjourned.

Runway business case for Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Committee for Economic Development will put forward a runway extension business case this summer. 

This is despite the suggestion being rejected when the runway was resurfaced. 

Guernsey Airport

Costs have previously been estimated at £30m.

President Peter Ferbrache has told BBC Radio Guernsey his committee sees it as the best way to attract new airlines and protect the Gatwick route.

Brexit poses 'serious threat' to small island environments

BBC Radio Jersey

Brexit poses a serious threat to efforts to protect the environments of small island states, according to a Gibraltar politician.

St Ouen, Jersey

John Cortes made the remarks at a conference for environment ministers from the Crown dependencies and British overseas territories which is taking place in Alderney. 

Mr Cortes said in addition to loss of EU money - which some places received for conservation programs - the EU laws which once protected the British-affiliated small states, will also be lost.

Sark could reduce Chief Pleas numbers in aim to fill the seats

Guernsey Press

Sark could cut the number of politicians in its government in a bid to ensure contested elections.

Latest Jersey care inquiry publication date announced

Naomi Dunning

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

It's already cost about £15m and it was meant to be published before Christmas. 

But the official report into the abuse which happened in Jersey care homes has been delayed twice already - the last time in March when the panel missed its own deadline and said it would be ready "soon".

This week, Alan Collins, a lawyer acting for members of the Jersey Care Leavers Association, said the delays were raising a lot of questions and victims were losing faith in the panel's work. 

Jersey Care Inquiry
Jersey Independent Care Inquiry

Today the panel issued a short statement which said it would publish its findings on 3 July.

But it also said that date would be subject to any other "unforeseen circumstances". It has remained tight lipped about the reasons for the delays, except to say that it was reviewing extra evidence.

Top fashion writer among judges for first Jersey Style Awards

Jersey Evening Post

Celebrity photographer Nicky Johnston, MasterChef The Professionals winner Gary Maclean and fashion journalist Hilary Alexander have been announced as judges for the inaugural Jersey Style Awards.  

Some prisoners get the right to vote from today

BBC Radio Jersey

New laws that comes into force today give prisoners in Jersey the right to vote. It comes after a States decision to extend the franchise earlier this year.


The changes mean that certain categories of people in prison will be able to vote in public elections. 

The laws were registered at the Royal Court on the 21 April and come into force today. It is only for prisoners who were sentenced to less than four years.

Jersey next goes to the polls in a general election in May 2018.

Two Reds players named in team of year

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds pair Pierce Phillips and Simon Kerrod have been named in the Championship team of the season.

Phillips, who plays at lock, has been at the club for three years while nine of the other 11 clubs in the division voted for prop Kerrod.

Pierce Phillips
Sue Armes

Both players are leaving the island this summer to join Premiership side Worcester.   

Care commission looking for a local commissioner

BBC Radio Jersey

The Chair of Jersey's first ever Care Commission is looking for a local Commissioner.

Applicants need to have experience of local services, either as a user or as a carer for a family member or a friend. 

The newly appointed Chair Glenn Houston said: "The new commissioners experiences of using care services will be important in helping to ensure that islanders receive the best possible care." 

Sark could reduce Chief Pleas numbers in aim to fill the seats

Guernsey Press

Sark could cut the number of politicians in its government in a bid to ensure contested elections.  

Call to not donate to RNLI is 'mis-directed'

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey

The fund-raising branch of the RNLI in Jersey says it’s disappointed at a campaign to get islanders to withhold donations in the dispute over the St Helier lifeboat crew.

The 25-strong crew walked out in protest three weeks ago after their Coxswain Andy Hibbs was dismissed by RNLI management. The RNLI is currently considering his appeal.

Andy Hibbs

Caryll McFadyen, Honorary Secretary of the RNLI Guild, which raises funds for the charity, said Jersey Action Group’s campaign to get islanders to withhold donations is mis-directed.

She said: "The RNLI in Jersey also supports the St Catherine’s Lifeboat and the beach lifeguards and not just the St Helier lifeboat station."

Did you know....

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

It's world safety at work day today apparently. Without sounding too much like one of those accident injury lawyer adverts, just 3% of Jersey workers say they've had an accident while at work.

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Wright urges side to realise potential

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey cricket boss Ashley Wright has challenged his side to fulfil their potential by gaining promotion from World Cricket League Five in September.

The islanders host the Netherlands in three matches over the weekend, starting at the King George V Club tonight, with further warm-ups against Scotland and Denmark to come.

Guernsey cricket

"We've got a very good team now and we're going to try and win the tournament," Wright told BBC Guernsey. "We've got a young exciting squad now, and it's time to start turning some of that potential into results."  

BreakingJersey Care Inquiry report 'to be published on 3 July'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A long awaited report into decades of abuse in Jersey's care system will be published on 3 July according to an inquiry spokesman.

Care inquiry
Independent Jersey Care Inquiry

The £23m inquiry finished formal hearings last year and was originally due to publish its findings at the end of 2016, but this was delayed until March. The inquiry then announced a further delay due to "more evidence" coming forward.

Yesterday a lawyer representing care leavers called for the inquiry to explain the delays and announce a date. Alan Collins said the inquiry was at risk of losing the confidence of care leavers due to a lack of transparency.

Guernsey government 'won't sign Condor contract'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey won't be signing a contract with Condor until the ferry company improves its service to the island, according to the president of the economic development committee.

Guernsey has an ongoing agreement with Condor but no legally binding contract after deciding to hold off last year.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache says ongoing mechanical problems with the Rapide are disruptive. He wants Condor to add another fast vessel to its fleet.

Condor have been asked for a comment.

Condor Ferries

They are a reputable company, they are doing the best for themselves and I don't mean that as any kind of criticism but I will not be advocating to the States any kind of contract with Condor anytime soon as we are significantly apart in our aspirations.

Deputy Peter FerbrachePresident, Economic Development

Inflation at 2.9% ‘a good thing’

Guernsey Press

Annual inflation of almost 3% is a sign of growing economic activity and should be viewed positively, according to the Chamber of Commerce president.  

Inquest due to open into death of woman killed in her home

Jersey Evening Post

An inquest into the death of a woman killed in her St Helier home was due to open today

Tunnah excited by Premiership pathway

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Newly-appointed Jersey Reds assistant Neil Tunnah says the club's record of readying players for the Premiership influenced his decision to join.

The 37-year-old Scot took the role in March, replacing Alex Rae, and will predominantly work with the forwards.

At least four Jersey players are leaving the island to play in the top flight next season.

Jersey Reds
Sue Armes/Steve Lund

"Since Harvey came in, there's been a steady stream of players moving on to the Premiership," Tunnah told BBC Radio Jersey. "That's one of things that really excited me about coming to the club."

Call for restrictions to stop people selling cars from beach car park

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Castel parish constable in Guernsey says drivers are using west coast car parks as private car sales businesses. 

Vazon Bay

John Cook says the issue needs addressing as the summer approaches as those spaces will be needed for beach users.

He says last weekend 26 vehicles were advertised for sale at Vazon and Cobo. Mr Cook wants to see formal parking restrictions implemented by Environment and Infrastructure before the summer season.

The BBC has contacted Environment and Infrastructure for a comment.

Inflation rise is 'due to global pressures'

Jersey Evening Post

inflation in Jersey is a ‘concern’ but has largely been caused by global pressures which cannot be controlled, the Economic Development Minister has said.  

Social housing tenants allowed £20,000 more in savings

BBC Radio Guernsey

People living in social housing in Guernsey will be able to have more money in their bank account without risking being kicked out of their homes after a law change.

Housing development

The changes from Employment and Social Security set a higher limit on the capital they can own before their tenancy is reviewed.

The new capital sums policy means someone can have £31,980 if they have a single bedroom property, which is £20,000 more than they could have before.

President of the Committee for Employment and Social security, Michelle Le Clerc says this is to make sure they only ask a tenant to leave social housing if they're confident they can afford to rent a property in the private sector.

'Murder' victim's inquest to open

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

An inquest into the death of a woman murdered in a St Helier home earlier this month is opening today.

Ana Rebelo
States of Jersey Police

Ana Rebelo, 51, was found dead in a property on Victoria Street, St Helier, on 4 April.  

A 58-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains on police bail.  

The inquest is likely to open and close to allow the body to be returned to Portugal, where she is from. 

It will then resume after all police investigations and any criminal proceedings have finished.

Cost concerns over data regulation implementation

Guernsey Press

Concerns over the cost implications of applying new data protection regulation and how much extra bureaucracy it could lead to were raised in the States yesterday.  

Diabetes centre manager 'lied about qualifications'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A former manager of a diabetes centre has been struck off the nursing register for lying about her qualifications. 


Andrea Kim Ellis, who got the job in 2013, said she had a "masters degree in diabetes" and other qualifications, but could not produce evidence of them.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council conduct hearing on Wednesday found she had sought to "deceive" to improve her "prospects of gaining employment".

Ms Ellis now has the right to appeal. 

Latest weather: Mostly dry

BBC Weather

There will be some bright or sunny spells today and it will be dry for most of us, although there is also a chance of a few showers. 

In the sunshine it will feel a little milder than of late with light winds. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).


Jersey weather


Guernsey weather

People urged 'not to donate' to RNLI at boat show

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A campaign group has urged people "not to donate" to the RNLI at the Jersey Boat Show this weekend. 

RNLI protest
A protest was held at the lifeboat station after the sacking of Andy Hibbs

It's three weeks since the entire lifeboat crew walked out in support of their coxswain, Andy Hibbs, who was dismissed for reasons that still aren't completely clear.

The Jersey Action Group says it is supporting the St Helier crew and have launched a campaign to persuade people not to donate to the RNLI. The boat show is normally an important fundraising opportunity for the charity.

The RNLI has announced it has accepted Mr Hibbs' challenge to his dismissal, and will be re-examining his case.

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Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

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