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Woman questions Covid test after days of calls for results

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey woman has questioned whether appropriate checks are in place for the island's coronavirus testing process, after being told her details were left off the system.

Kim Denmead said she was not tested when she arrived on the ferry on 13 July and was advised to take a taxi to the airport.

She refused and was tested at home the following day.

However, she said she was concerned the test was not done properly, and isolated at home for two weeks before contacting Environmental Health for another test.

She claims officials told her they didn't have her details recorded in their system.

On day three, I heard nothing. On day five, I heard nothing. On day nine, I heard nothing. I was constantly ringing up to find out where my results were; I was not on my computer, my name didn't turn up, but they said they would put my name on the computer. It wasn't until day nine, after talking to the fourth person, that they put my name on the computer and I asked to speak to management."

Kim Denmead

Jersey's government said it could not comment on individual cases, but that it encouraged Ms Denmead to make an official complaint to review the matter.

In the meantime, more staff have been recruited to speed up the process of testing passengers at Elizabeth Harbour.

Officials said they were encouraging feedback from people who had already been tested at the island's ports, so they could improve the way the testing worked.

Scrutiny to review police electroshock weapon plans

BBC Radio Jersey

A scrutiny panel will look into plans to change the way the States of Jersey Police can use electroshock weapons.

If the island's government approves the proposal, all uniformed officers would be allowed to use them after completing training.

Electroshock weapon
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Conductive Energy Devices (CEDs), known by their brand name, Tasers, fire two small dart-like electrodes before delivering a high-voltage shock to temporarily disable a person. This allows officers to deal with violent or potentially violent people at a distance.

Only trained firearms officers can use them in Jersey under the authority of a senior officer at the moment.

The Children and Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel said it was important to understand the evidence behind the changes, and how it could affect people's rights.

It said it wanted to hear from the public about the proposed changes before making a decision.

Shops will be asked for views on bag pricing

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey retailers will be asked for their views on how much shops should charge for carrier bags, as part of a push to cut down on plastic waste.

The island's government has agreed to ban single-use plastic bags, but people will still be able to buy stronger quality ones for a minimum price.

Plastic bags
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The changes are due to come in early next year.

The minister responsible, Deputy Kevin Lewis, said businesses will also be asked whether other single-use items could be banned from shops.

Car crashes into safety barrier near reservoir

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey authorities are looking for the driver of a car that crashed into a safety barrier near Queen's Reservoir on Sunday.

Honorary police said it happened sometime before 13:00 on La Route de la Hougue Bie, near the top end of the reservoir.

Officers said a silver Mazda crashed into the wooden barrier, which caused debris to spill into the road.

They said they believed the front of the car may be badly damaged and anyone who knew what happened was asked to contact the St Saviour duty centenier or Jersey police.