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A record low. for the news where you are.

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Crime figures in Jersey fall below 3,000 for the first time.

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We are delighted. They are the lowest recorded crime figures in

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Jersey. We are below the psychological barrier of 3000.

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Foreign builders are accused of working out of public car park.

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Crime in Jersey has fallen to a record low,

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The number of reported crimes last year dropped below

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But one group says some of the statistics don't

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Keeping our streets safe - just another part of the job

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But the island's crime level is at its lowest ever recorded.

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While some crimes such as drug offences went up, overall it's down.

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So what does the chief of police think is behind it?

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That's not just hard work, it's other preventative measures

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and getting it right and focusing on the people that actually do

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need our attention - persistent criminals,

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Very pleased with the reduction in domestic violence.

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That's shown that our education programme has gone well over

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the past two or three years, we've inspired confidence in victims

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to come to us and I think we're now changing behaviours.

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And the figures seem to support that.

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Last year there were just under 3,000 overall crimes reported -

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Reported domestic assault fell 14%, but a domestic abuse charity says

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You're actually talking about just victims who have come forward

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and reported the incident to the police, and that incident has

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So you're not talking necessarily about all the reported incidents,

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just recorded crime, and on top of it you're not talking

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about all the incidents that have not been reported to the police,

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and the majority of our clients decide not to report

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So it seems, while the lower crime figures are encouraging,

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the police have their work cut out in reaching every

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A Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing into the death of a baby

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in Guernsey has been adjourned until tomorrow.

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Three women who worked as midwives at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth

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Hospital in 2014 are to appear at the hearing in London facing

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The death prompted a review of maternity services in Guernsey

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and two follow-up visits from the council.

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Inspectors say improvements have been made.

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There are renewed calls today for compulsory working permits

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for visiting construction workers, also known as "white van man".

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Guernsey Police visited an Irish window firm operating

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from Grandes Rocques car park at the weekend after

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A public car park on a wet afternoon on Guernsey's west coast.

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But at the weekend it looked like some were doing more than just

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The man who took these pictures is Deputy Neil Inder.

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He says it's wrong for public car parks to be used in this way.

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There is something not right about someone being able

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to fly in or come in, do what they want, without any

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control from government and especially abusing our island,

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our people, our goodwill, our hospitality, our customers,

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and do that kind of madness in the car park at Grandes Rocques.

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It's reignited the debate over foreign construction

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workers coming to Guernsey, also known as "white van man".

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This man works in construction in Guernsey.

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He says foreign workers should be allowed as long

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I'd like to see a business license like Jersey operates currently,

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It wouldn't stop people from using off-island firms,

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It would give Guernsey an opportunity to know

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who is operating on the island at any given time and firms

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would not be able to leave without registering

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with Social Security and not paying anything.

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Guernsey's Housing Control says the company involved had contacted

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And the police say that items were being transferred from one

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vehicle to another but that no offences were committed.

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Jersey's iconic cows are renowned for their rich milk and dairy

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products and now their pedigree goodness will help transform

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Cows in Rwanda will be cross-bred with Jersey's to produce a cow that

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produces eight times more milk but eats less.

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Rwanda - not a place that's associated with farming

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and agriculture but for the last ten years the country's been supported

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These doe-eyed beauties have been exported to Africa.

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But now they're being cross-bred with 200,000 Rwandan cows instead.

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One Jersey dairy farmer says they're a perfect fit

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The Jersey cow is an international cow, the second largest dairy breed

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in the world and it's growing in popularity in many

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These first crosses of a pure Jersey bull to Rwandan cattle have produced

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some really good adaptable cattle for what they want in that country.

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They're popular because they produce more milk and don't

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The calves bred from the Jersey pedigree will help 12,000 small

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scale Rwandan farmers to feed their families

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and still have enough milk, butter and cheese to sell.

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Rwandan farmers will also be trained to breed cows.

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Rwanda is still an incredibly poor country and we're hoping that

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a project such as this is going to improve the lives

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of Rwandans, it's going to bring entire villages out of poverty.

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A delegation from Rwanda is visiting the island to learn how the herd has

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been built up over generations and find out about

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For dairy farmers here, all the attention is very flattering.

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Here we are on this little island, flying the flag with our Jersey cow.

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As a small island, Jersey is passing on its heritage to a big

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A Jersey Constable says she's concerned there could be an accident

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as a result of the three months of road works taking place

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From today motorists are being diverted up Queen's Road

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and St Saviour's Hill while the work is carried out between 9.15

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Sadie Le Sueur-Rennard thinks the level of traffic

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at the Five Oaks roundabout during the rush hour

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This roundabout is a nightmare at best of times.

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This is nothing to what it normally is.

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In the mornings, it's horrendous and now,

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with an extra volume of traffic, it is a nightmare.

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We have they considered the diversion ropes.

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-- We have they considered the diversion routes.

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The closest main diversion routes are Five Oaks and Queen's Road.

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We have specifically chosen 9.15 starts to avoid

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the morning rush hour, which includes both school

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The evening peak is over a longer period.

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It is obvious when you take a main arterial route out of the network

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that there will be an impact, but we're trying minimise

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Now, I know it's been raining across the islands,

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This was the Guernsey reservoir earlier today and,

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despite the rain, as you can see, levels are unusually low.

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It follows the driest December for ten years.

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Guernsey water says it's monitoring the situation closely,

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but there's no immediate cause for concern.

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Saint Saviour's reservoir is one of 17 storage reservoirs that we've

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got and it is only about a quarter of our total storage capacity.

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As I say, we are at 79% full across all of those storage resources.

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We are reasonably comfortable for this time of year.

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After a dry spell, we've seen some rain in the islands today.

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Will there be more to hopefully top up the reservoirs?

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Good evening. Colder area is arriving later on this week. Quite a

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big change. A frilly unsettled week ahead. Temperatures getting into

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single figures by the end of Wednesday and into Thursday and

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Friday. Also quite windy at times. A brisk wind overnight stays with us.

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Quite breezy tomorrow morning. At the moment, low pressure is in

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charge. No sign of anything settling down. Wind direction is coming from

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the north-west and then from the north. This is Wednesday. This

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weather system introducing some showers, and behind that we see

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colder air. On Thursday and Friday, increasingly called. Law and Laura

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temperatures and even the risk of some wintry showers. At the moment,

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it is still relatively mild. Some cloud overnight could produce some

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showers. Tomorrow after some brightness in the morning it is

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rather cloudy in general with quite frequent showers developing in the

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afternoon. Some cold weather across Eastern Europe. That has been stuck

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like this for the last week or so and anywhere east of Germany,

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temperatures have struggled during the daytime, at about freezing.

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Towards the end of the week we will get colder. As we move to Friday,

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temperatures down to 7-8. The possibility of widespread overnight

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frost on Friday night into Saturday. It all changes this week and

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gradually turns colder. That's your news

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this Monday evening. BBC Radio Guernsey and Jersey

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will have bulletins from 6.00 Until then, goodnight.

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at 6.30 tomorrow night. precipitation we get will be of a

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wintry nation and Thursday is one we have to watch out for. The weekend

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outlook, it stays chilly with a northerly wind and possibly frosty

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nights.

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