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  1. Crash plane in 'high-speed nose dive'
  2. Union slams 'insulting' pay offer
  3. Three drink-drive arrests made in one day
  4. Two security lanes back in action at Guernsey Airport
  5. Woman, 94, makes sculptures from scrap metal
  6. Updates on Friday 7 December 2018

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  1. Ex-music director charged with historic sex offences

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Kenneth Francis

    A former director of music at Jersey's Town Church has been charged with historic sex offences.

    Kenneth Francis, 71, of Akasaka in Tokyo, was charged with 13 counts of indecent assault and four counts of committing an act of gross indecency.

    The alleged offences happened in Chelmsford, Essex, according to police.

    Four boys under the age of 16 are believed to be involved with the incidents, said to have happened between 1972 and 1979.

    Mr Francis left Jersey some time after April 2017, according to the Diocese of Canterbury.

    He is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on 12 December, along with church musician Malcolm Archer.

  2. Move to allow 18 year olds to stand for the States

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    Changes could be made to the law in Guernsey to allow 18 year olds to stand in the island's next election.

    The possibility was discussed at today's meeting of the States Assembly and Constitution Committee, which has responsibility for planning the full island-wide election in June 2020.

    Currently you have to be 20 years old to be able to stand.

    The committee was told that apparently at the last election there were two 19 year olds who said they would have stood if the law would have allowed.

    Local schools and the Youth Commission will be consulted as part of the process.

  3. Weather: Blustery night ahead with showers likely

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be very blustery with a strong to gale force westerly wind.

    There will be some clear spells too but with a few further showers likely as well.

    Minimum temperatures overnight of 9C (48F).


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    Guernsey weather
  4. Car bumper damaged in Guernsey crash

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The rear bumper of a car was damaged in a minor crash in Guernsey, police have said.

    It happened on Rue De La Croix Estate in Castel on 4 December between 14:30 and 14:50.

    The damaged car was a red Ford Fiesta, officers added.

    Any witnesses are asked to contact police on 725111.

  5. Several ferry sailings cancelled due to weather

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Several ferry sailings from the islands to St Malo and Portsmouth have been cancelled due to the weather conditions.

    Condor Ferries said it's due to the "gale force winds and large waves" forecast.

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  6. Wind gusts of force nine continuing in islands

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    An orange weather warning for wind remains in place across the islands, Jersey Met has said.

    It added gales of force nine are set to continue.

    weather warning
  7. Full rainbow over Guernsey Airport

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A full rainbow was spotted over the airfield at Guernsey Airport earlier.

    Despite the splash of colour, scattered blustery showers are set to continue throughout the day, Guernsey Met said.

    If you have any pictures to share, please email us.

    rainbow over airfield
  8. Reds aim to win Championship Cup pool

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Jersey Reds make six changes for their Championship Cup clash with Ealing.

    Victory for the Reds at St Peter would seal top spot in their pool and increase their winning run to a remarkable 11 matches in all competitions.

    Apakuki Ma'afu

    Will Homer and Aaron Penberthy come into the half-back positions in place of Calum Waters and Brett Herron while Apakuki Ma'afu starts at centre ahead of Mark Best, and Jason Worrall comes in on the wing in place of Jack Stapley.

    Dave McKern returns to the second row in place of the injured Jerry Sexton while Janco Venter is picked at number eight.

    Jersey Reds: Slowik; Worrall, Ma'afu, Best, Van Dam; Penberthy, Homer; Godfrey (capt), Macfarlane, Atalifo, Beckett, McKern, Argyle, Bartle, Venter.

    Replacements: Selway, Morley, Rodman, Upfield, Hatherell, Waters, Herron.

  9. Is States-funded IVF being considered by the government?

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    An obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Guernsey Medical Specialist Group says States-funded IVF was under consideration when the decision was made to scrap a fertility treatment for certain cases.

    Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is still available for some - like same-sex couples - but others were told it was no longer an option.

    Frank Hopkins says States-funded IVF could save money in the long run, as couples would not risk inserting multiple embryos to ensure success, which can lead to dangerous twin or triplet pregnancies.

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    Video caption: Frank Hopkins says States-funded IVF could save money in the long run

    In a statement, Health and Social Care said a decision over IVF funding will form part of a wider review of drugs and treatments and reiterated that intrauterine insemination is still being considered for some patients.

  10. Three drink-drive arrests made in Guernsey in one day

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    There were three drink drive arrests in Guernsey on Thursday - which totals almost half of all drink-drive arrests made since an anti-drink-drive campaign was launched by police 10 days ago.

    The arrests took place at North Esplanade at St Peter Port, Route de Sausmarez in St Martin and Castle Road in the Vale.

    Officers said people should look at other options for getting home if they're going out drinking.

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    Quote Message: Three people arrested for drink driving in a single day is a damning indictment of the attitude some people have towards their and other people’s safety. They will now be off the roads – and one is likely to be in prison within days. We have been very, very fortunate that none of these drink drivers have caused injuries or worse." from Sgt Tom Marshall Guernsey Police
    Sgt Tom MarshallGuernsey Police
  11. Final section of Guernsey children's library opened

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The final section of the Guille-Allès Children's Library was officially opened on Thursday night by the Bailiff, Sir Richard Collas.

    A private reception was held with sponsors, contractors, the local community and children's groups as well as members of the States Education Sport and Culture committee.

    Funded by the Ana Leaf Foundation, the "Tree of Knowledge and Reading Circle" provides a creative space for children to get excited about reading.

    Work was completed using £156,000 which was donated by benefactors and the general public and constructed by inmates of Les Nicolles Prison.

    Chief librarian, Laura Milligan, says the library doesn't struggle to attract children...

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    Video caption: The final section provides a creative space for children to read in
  12. Two security lanes back in action at Guernsey Airport

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The second security lane has now been opened at Guernsey Airport in time for the festive season.

    Two lanes are available for security screening for hand luggage at peak times, instead of the temporary restriction to one lane.

    The restriction was in place due to building works that were taking place at the security search area in the passenger terminal.

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    Quote Message: There is never an ideal time to improve passenger facilities whilst keeping the terminal operational at the same time. But, this time of year was a good time to do the project, where it is relatively quiet when compared to our busy summer season. from Colin Le Ray Guernsey Airport
    Colin Le RayGuernsey Airport
  13. Civil servants on strike in Jersey amid pay row

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Civil servants have gathered in Liberation Square as part of strike action in a row over pay.

    On Thursday night, some public sector workers in Jersey were offered revised pay deals by the government.

    However, one union - Prospect - said it was a "further insult" to pay negotiations.

    The walk out started at 09:00 and is due to last for two hours.

  14. Hole 'big enough to swallow car' appears in Jersey road

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A large hole "big enough to swallow a car" has appeared in the road outside Le Clos Sara, La Rue Sara Henri, police have said.

    Officers added there is no access past the estate.

    The road is closed until further notice.

  15. Union slams 'insulting' pay offer

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Public sector workers in Jersey are striking despite an eleventh hour pay offer from the States.

    On Thursday, some of the lowest paid States employees, including manual workers and people working at the energy from waste plant, were offered bigger pay rises.


    Teaching assistants, which are joining the walkout, are now being given the same pay increases as the teachers they work with.

    The offer for nurses and midwives, who are not striking, was also revised.

    But Terry Renouf, from the Prospect union, says it's an insult:

    Quote Message: For this to be imposed on teaching assistants - an offer that matches the one that's been offered to teaching unions and has been rejected overwhelmingly - is a further insult. The teaching assistants that have contacted us today are even more disgusted with this than they were with the original imposition of 1%." from Terry Renouf Prospect
    Terry RenoufProspect
  16. Winds of force nine 'imminent' across islands

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Winds reaching force nine are expected across the islands, Jersey Met has said.

    It has issued an orange weather warning.

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  17. Steel working at 94

    Miranda Griffin

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    94-year-old lady working on steel skiing man sculpture

    A 94-year-old woman in Guernsey is making sculptures from scrap metal to help her stay active and healthy.

    Frankie Billington started making metal sculptures at 92, despite her doctor's advice that welding was too adventurous.

    She hopes her hobby will allow her to reach the same age as her mother, who died a week before her 110th birthday.

    Quote Message: I sat at home quietly on my own thinking 'what the Dickins am I going to do in my old age?' If you dismiss the idea that metalwork and engineering is for men only then there's no reason why old girls like me shouldn't have a go." from Frankie Billington Steelworker
    Frankie BillingtonSteelworker

    She's part of a sculpture group that meets once a week.

  18. Weather: Strong winds with showers expected

    BBC Weather

    Early cloud and rain will clear eastwards, leaving sunny intervals.

    However, there will be a strong and gusty westerly wind with a few showers likely later this afternoon.

    Highs of 11C (51F).