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Summary

  1. Investigation launched after drone flown near Red Arrows
  2. --- Drones could stop air display, organiser warns
  3. Tractor crash leaves man in hospital
  4. Jersey MOT style test costs 'minimal' to drivers
  5. Updates from Thursday 13 September

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  1. Jersey International Air Display 2018: In pictures

    Jersey air display aircraft
    Jersey air display two planes in flight
    Jersey air display plane landing
    Jersey air display two aircraft with acrobats
    Jersey air display two aircraft with acrobats
  2. Mikus Alps: Findings 'linked to other enquiries'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Evidence from specialist forensic examinations of the remains of Mikus Alps cannot be shared as they are linked to "other ongoing enquiries" Guernsey Police have said.

    Mikus Alps

    Remains of the 33-year-old Latvian national were found in a burnt out car near Petit Bot, St Martin, in January 2018.

    The remains of a shotgun were also found in the car next to the body.

    A handwriting expert later confirmed a "sombre and reflective letter" handed into police, was written by Mr Alps.

    Police said although Mr Alps was the supporter of a pro-Ukrainian movement and had visited the country, there was no evidence linking this to his death.

    Guernsey Police Chief Officer Patrick Rice said: "While I am conscious of the desire for more information, from Mr Alps' loved ones... it is common for investigations of this complexity to take a significant amount of time."

  3. Report slams organisation of health department

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A review has found "urgent action" is needed to ensure the way Jersey's health department is run is fit for purpose.

    Jersey General Hospital

    A report by the States Auditor Karen McConnell found not enough was being done to learn from complaints about the service, and concerns raised by whistleblowers were not properly taken on board.

    Ms McConnell said it was "essential" staff had the confidence to speak out in the department in the future.

    The report criticised the way the department was managed, calling it "overly complex" for a small health and social care system.

    It also found services were failing to work together and Ms McConnell said communication between department heads and staff was "poor".

    The States said it fully accepted the findings of the report, and it was committed to making "changes and improvements".

  4. Red arrows 'dramatic finish' to Guernsey air display

    Edward Rowe

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The Guernsey air display came to a dramatic end this afternoon with the Red Arrows closing the ceremony for the first time in two years.

    Thousands of people were watching on the island's east coast as the skies above the Little Russel were filled with a number of aircraft, from historic Spitfires to a jet provost.

    Former RAF pilot and trainer Sid Bowsher says everything went smoothly.

    Red Arrows
    Image caption: Ole Henriksen snapped the Red Arrows mid flight over Castle Cornet
    Quote Message: Nice weather, nice display, everything went according to the organisers wishes. The boats behaved out there, the guard ships did their job, it was just wonderful. We couldn't have asked for more." from Sid Bowsher
    Sid Bowsher
  5. Police picture appeal after St Helier assault

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to after a woman was grabbed and pulled towards a car park in Jersey.

    Appeal for man in photo

    In the incident a man attacked the woman from behind and tried to pull her into the car park on Springfield Road, St Helier, on Sunday between 01:50 and 02:20.

    She was able to defend herself and stopped the attack by using her keys and biting his right hand.

    A force spokesman said the man pictured "may be able to assist enquiries".

    He added: "The image isn't very clear but it may jog someone's memory or he may be recognisable if you already know him."

    On Wednesday officers said they were looking for a man of Portuguese origin in his late 30s, 6ft (1.82m) tall with a broad muscular build and short dark hair.

  6. Islanders Association to use ‘guerrilla marketing’

    Guernsey Press

    The Islanders Association will employ ‘guerrilla marketing’ tactics in the run-up to the island-wide voting referendum.

  7. Bailiff and speaker - time for change?

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A politician who could be in an influential position in deciding the future of Jersey's parliamentary system has said he has always been in favour of change.

    On Tuesday the Bailiff, Sir William Bailhache, announced his retirement in October 2019, re-igniting debate on the role of his office.

    Sir William Bailhache
    Image caption: Sir William Bailhache took up office in January 2015

    Currently the Bailiff serves as both the head of Jersey's law courts and in a role similar to the speaker of the house of commons in the UK.

    This clashes with the political idea of the "separation of powers" where the executive (government), legislative (States Assembly) and judiciary (law courts) are removed from one another.

    To introduce an elected speaker requires politicians to pass a motion through the States Assembly.

    Deputy Russell Labey, the head of the Privileges and Procedures Committee, says it is important to take stock of what all States members think before putting any plans forward.

    But he said his committee would now be looking to decide a collective view on the issue, and personally feels strongly about it.

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    Video caption: Deputy Russell Labey on the role of Jersey's Bailiff
  8. Woman fends off male attacker

    Jersey Evening Post

    A woman managed to stop an attacker who "apologised" before attempting to drag her into a car park, by "biting" his hand and using her keys.

  9. Drones could stop air display, organiser warns

    Freddie Miller

    Broadcast Journalist BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's International Air Display will be stopped if drones are used in the area, according to organisers.

    It is illegal to fly drones near the airport - but restrictions have been extended to St Aubins Bay for the display.

    Former Group Captain Les Garside-Beattie has the final say on what happens in the display.

    He says he'll have no hesitation in grounding all aircraft if drones appear in the sky.

    On Wednesday police stopped a man flying a drone in St Ouen, near the island's airport, who thought he had permission to do so, according to officers.

    Drone
    Quote Message: The display pilots just don't see them, therefore the implication of that is fairly obvious. If anyone is seen flying a drone in our restricted zone, we will have to stop the display until we get that drone on the ground." from Les Garside-Beattie
    Les Garside-Beattie
  10. 'Disgraceful' Alderney Airport terminal slammed

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The States of Alderney's airport terminal has been branded "disgraceful" by a politician.

    Alderney airport

    In a wider debate on the island's airport, States member Steve Roberts criticised the lack of disabled toilet and wheelchair access in the terminal.

    Colin Le Ray, General Manager at Guernsey Ports, said he accepted access in the past had not been "ideal" to the terminal.

    He added and some progress had been made recently, including the installation of ramps and automatic doors.

    However, he also said the "case for investment" in the passenger terminal was currently "challenging" due to "declining passenger numbers" and the fact the airport operates at a loss of £800,000 per year.

  11. Stricter rules on 'socially valuable' housing status

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There could be stricter tests in future on giving Jersey housing qualifications to someone who is considered to be of "social value" to the island.

    Currently someone can get fast-tracked qualifications if they are very wealthy (and therefore pay more in tax); if they are essential workers, or if they are considered to be "socially valuable".

    States of Jersey

    In the States Assembly on Wednesday, Deputy Jess Perchard's motion to abolish the States right to give entitled status to civil servants and other States workers was defeated.

    It was brought forward after outcry from politicians over the head of Jersey's civil service, Charlie Parker, being granted the special status.

    However, States members agreed the present definition of "socially valuable" was too vague and agreed a "strict criteria" should be applied in future.

    They voted to ask the Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondre, to come up with plans for the new definition by March 2019.

  12. New law 'won't put rent up for tenants'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A new law aimed at improving rented accommodation in Jersey "won't put up rent for tenants", a minister has said following warnings from landlords.

    poor accommodation

    Deputy John Young wants to make sure any accommodation meets set standards of cleanliness and repair.

    Landlords resisted the move, but Deputy Young told members he did not accept their arguments.

    The new law was approved unanimously in the States Assembly on Tuesday by 39 votes to zero.

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  13. Lifeboat charity 'confident' despite 'urgent' appeal

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's new charity run lifeboat may not be in service until Christmas at the earliest.

    The Jersey Lifeboat Association's all-weather vessel, Sir Max Aitken III, arrived in June - and crew members are working to bring it up to the standards required for lifeboats.

    Despite an "urgent" appeal for £50,000 in support of the charity on social media, Ben Shenton, chairman of the association, says he is "confident" it will be operational.

    The charity was formed after a lengthy dispute between former St Helier RNLI crew members and the RNLI's management.

    Mr Shenton insists it is possible to run a successful lifeboat service without the backing of a larger organisation such as the RNLI.

    Sir Max Aitken III
    Quote Message: There's a considerable amount of work to be done, equipment that needs to be purchased, we need to finish paying for the boat and it's quite a mountain we have to climb but we're fairly confident of eventually getting to the top with the support of the public." from Ben Shenton
    Ben Shenton
  14. No plan to decriminalise suicide in Jersey

    Jersey Evening Post

    There are no plans to rescind the law which makes it illegal to attempt suicide in Jersey, despite there having been no prosecutions in decades, the Attorney General told the States.

  15. Man asked to stop flying drone near airport

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Police had to ask a man to stop flying a drone close to Jersey Airport on Wednesday, a force spokeswoman said.

    Flying drones close to the airport is illegal, as it can be dangerous to aircraft.

    The drone was flying near St Ouen at about 15:30 on Wednesday because the operator believed he had the correct permission, police said.

    Red Arrows
  16. More scrutiny added to hospital plans

    Sarah Scriven

    News Editor, BBC Jersey

    A further review by politicians into the plans for Jersey's new general hospital has begun.

    A scrutiny panel will oversee proposals for the £466m development on Gloucester Street and Kensington Place in St Helier.

    Several reviews are already under way including a public inquiry, which is due to start next Monday.

    New hospital plans

    It is the second inquiry by an independent inspector after previous plans for the development were found not to be suitable for the area.

    Recently Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondre, set up a "policy redevelopment board" to investigate the States decision to build the new hospital on its existing site.

    It followed continued calls for alternative sites put forward by politicians across the States Assembly.