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I'm Charlie McArdle, welcome to BBC Channel Islands.
Serious road accidents double in a decade -
could penalty points and the threat of losing
There are still rules about what they should or shouldn't do on the
road, whether it is pedestrian or cyclist or driving a car.
Five weeks of roadworks for one of Guernsey's main commuter routes.
And not just the hangover we're left with after Christmas.
Cards, paper, boxes and trees - recycling gets a boost.
And after the frost of last night, not quite as cold tonight. It will
be quite busy for a time tomorrow. All the details later. -- breezy.
Drivers in Jersey caught breaking the law could face penalty points
on their licences to tackle the rising number of
The department that oversees roads says they're safer
than they were 20 years ago, but bringing down the number of
Penalty points on your driving licence are something drivers
in the UK and Europe have been familiar with for many years,
but that's not been the case in Jersey, where you are less likely
to lose your licence because of bad driving and bad behaviour.
Jersey's Government wants to bring in a penalty points system by 2019,
The evidence shows that we are still getting as many serious injuries yet
an year as we have done for 20 odd years. That would suggest that we do
need to do a bit more. You can get fined, disqualified, but the logic
of the penalty points system is that it will add more to the process.
In the past decade, accidents have more than doubled,
going from fewer than 30 in 2005 to 68 in 2015.
But with measures already in place, such as Parish Hall Enquiries
and fines, will penalty points make a difference?
Basically, when you are driving a car, you need to have your wits
about you. Looking ahead and being aware of what's around you. A piece
of documentation won't make any difference. There are rules, whether
it is a pedestrian or cyclist, people still regularly break the
rules. When there are penalties already in place. It should make a
difference, but it remains to be seen.
The authorities also want to cut the legal
blood alcohol limit, bringing it into line
The latest police campaign over Christmas showed a consdierable
reduction in the number of people caught.
The police asked the public to help by reporting people getting behind
The public trust us, I feel, and they feel that they can vote as. We
need their help, their support, and we need them to contact hours.
While more work is done on the law changes,
the police say they'll be continuing their campaign
Chris Rayner, BBC Channel Islands News, Jersey.
A man's been arrested and released on bail following an alleged
The incident is said to have happened at the public toilets
at Snow Hill in the early hours of New Year's Day.
Jersey Police want to speak to the woman wearing a red coat
who helped the victim, as well as any other witnesses.
The parents of a murdered Guernsey woman have reached out
to the national media in the hope to see justice.
Vic and Kate Groves spoke to a number of national BBC radio
and television news outlets today, including the Victoria Derbyshire
Show, on the poor handling of their daughter's case.
Sarah was killed on a houseboat in Kasmir in 2013.
in the trial of Richard de Wit, a Dutch national
The Jersey civil servant at the centre of a flight
Mike King, the Chief Officer for Economic Development,
Tourism, Sport and Culture, has resigned with immediate effect.
A statement from the Chief Minister's department says
he is leaving by "mutual agreement", but doesn't specify the reason.
Mr King came under criticism in the States last year
when he and Wayne Gallichan from Locate Jersey spent ?13,000
on flights for a business trip to South Africa.
Schools, businesses and the Guernsey Ambulance Service
all have contingency plans in place, as five weeks of roadworks gets
under way on one of the island's main arterial routes.
The Rohais is set to close in stages
This morning marked the start of five weeks of work
on one of the island's main commuter routes.
Phase one will see the bottom of the Rohais go down
to single lane traffic, controlled by temporary lights,
and the work will continue in stages up the hill towards St Peter Port.
This is one of our biggest projects we've
At 900 metres, we're resurfacing over 200 metres a week.
That's a significant amount of work, so what we have to do is break it
into phases to try and keep the traffic moving to keep access
to businesses and hopefully that will lead to a successful project.
The island's ambulance service is at the centre
but plans are in place to ensure that emergency call-outs are dealt
Hopefully, our response times are not going to be affected.
What we plan to do is place ambulances and crews at various
points of the island during the roadworks
so our response times will hopefully not be delayed at all.
Businesses are keen to stress that they will remain open throughout,
with the Rohais Motor Centre quick to praise the levels
It's enabled them to keep customers fully informed.
Before Christmas, the engineer came round and spoke to us
in a lot of detail about how it was going to go and how
the phases would work, and we've been emailed
Yeah, I think it's been really, really good.
While things have been moving fairly smoothly today,
the real test may well come when the schools go
You're watching the BBC in the Channel Islands.
Later in Spotlight with Justin and Victoria:
Memories of the Blitz - a new film goes underground to mark
the 75th anniversary of the World War Two bombings.
Online shopping is having a big impact on the amount of waste
As the festive season nears its end, waste centres are seeing much more
And as Mike Wilkins reports, it's not just cardboard,
Christmas cards and wrapping paper being recycled.
It's beginning to look like the end of Christmas.
Although there's still a few days till the end of the festive season,
hundreds of trees have already been dumped at this recycling point.
The island's waste officer says they're put to good use.
We collect around about six and have thousands trees per year. That
matches the amount of trees coming into the island. What we will do
with those trees is chipping them onside, and taking the chips are
down and makes them with the material in our green waste site.
And it's not just trees being dumped.
This recycling centre is dealing with all the Christmas
Behind me, there are towers of cardboard stacked high. The people
who run this place tell me that one in three of the cardboard they
recycle comes from one online retailer. We are seeing a increase
in online shopping. That increases in the cupboard coming into the
island, particularly in December. -- cardboard.
We don't have the overall recycling figures yet for this Christmas,
but with a few days left of the festive season, there's
Ensuring the island's views are represented during ongoing talks
on Brexit will be one of the biggest challenges for 2017.
That's according to Guernsey's President of Policy and Resources.
So how do Guernsey and Jersey go about that?
And what other things do we have to look forward to over
and you made your way through the Christmas treats.
So all that's left is for you to gaze into your crystal bauble
Of course, there's no way of knowing what's in store.
But the States can take a good guess at what the key challenges will be.
The people have spoken, and the as is, we are out. Although we are a
small jurisdiction, we must deploy and emitted resources in the most
effective way to insure our voice is not lost. The biggest challenge is
that we are not below the radar, and our interests are well represented.
It's something Guernsey will work Jersey on.
And a challenge which could actually benefit
both Islands' tourism industries.
That means, probably, pound sterling will remain weak. For British people
staying in Britain, including coming to the Channel Islands, it is great.
If you are in France, with a stronger euro, you can pop over and
enjoy it. Our job is to market Jersey, but we will continue to grow
the visitor numbers here. Will the sun be shining
for the influx of visitors, though? I think the trend is a little bit
towards extremes. There seems to be more extremes of temperature and
rainfall, maybe more extremes. Four. the charts and graphs can
easily get it wrong. So perhaps this will
give us a more certain Or at least one I hope
comes true for you. It's been a bright yet
chilly start to the first We won't have to wait
long for the weekend, so how's the forecast looking,
David Brainecan? That piece reminding me of the
weather we saw last year. What might have escaped our attention over the
last four or five weeks is how dry the islands have been. I will
briefly looked back. Jersey and Guernsey have been particularly dry,
but Guernsey especially so. Rainfall has been the driest December since
1879. That is nearly back to where the records started. One of the
driest December 's ever, December 16 was. More cloud around tomorrow. Not
quite so cold. As it arrives through the night, capable of producing
drizzle. A blustery breeze both tonight and tomorrow morning. A
weather front drifting down from the North. That is that layout of --
layer of clouds coming towards as later. As it just down it will
introduce cloud, drizzle in the wind, but it's Peters out into
Thursday. Thursday is brighter. There is beware of cloud. -- the
layer. Producing a few spots of light rain and drizzle. Before it
gets to us, temperatures will tumble away. But a blustery started to
tomorrow. Cloud and drizzle, but petering out, winds becoming
northerly and temperatures up to about 9 degrees. Here is the tides
and high water. Most of the beaches are likely to be choppy. At a good
evening. You're up to date with the news
from the Channel Islands. brothels and believes women working
together in one place is safer, but Laura Watson told me why these
short-term brothels are a problem. The major problem with the pop-up
brothels is the transient nature of them. We have been seeing all over
the country that people are raiding premises where sex workers are
working together collectively and safely. The police are raiding them
and closing them down. So in your raise you see the police as a bit of
a problem in this situation? Definitely be major problem. They
are the ones who are raiding premises and closing them down where
it is just two or more sex workers working together for safety and even
if there is no force or caution involved in that setup... You see
these women as victims because the police are treating them as victims?
We do not see these women as victims. The women do not describe
themselves as victims. They describe themselves as head of households,
earning money to put food on the table to feed their children. Most
sex workers are mothers in the UK and that is the reason they are
working. The police are a little bit between a rock and a hard place
because they have a job to do. There are children in the streets, you can
see that police have a duty to try and move them on. Sex workers are
mothers themselves and therefore it take into the consideration that
there are families in the area, all those other considerations, so any
kind of anti-social behaviour that happens or noise or anything like
that can be dealt with. You don't need a prosecution to deal with
those kind of problems. You are making it sound like any other
business in a normal street. So what is the answer here? What we want is
an end to the law, legislation, which prevents sex workers from
working together. Not only does prevent from working together, it
means you can't come forward to report any violence that does happen
to the police because the police are more interested in our experience in
the prostitution of fans that you're committing rather than dealing with
the violent crime. And how likely is it that changing the we think it's
definitely possible. Recently Amnesty International announced that
they supported decriminalisation. We have the example of New Zealand who
decriminalised in 2003. With great success. Women feel they have the
support from the law and more entitled to protection and more able
to come forward and report any violence that does happen. We
appreciate your time, thank you very much. Thank you very much.
Now, you wouldn't necessarily think that reopening a tin mine
near an area of outstanding beauty was a particularly good idea.
But community leaders in East Cornwall think it is,
and as our Business Correspondent Neil Gallagher reports,
the local mayor says if the plan doesn't go ahead there'll be some
That much remains of the old red for mine on the edge of Collington. But
there is a lot of ten here. And if tin prices keep rising it may become
economic to dig it out. Mining specialists have been consulting on
plans to start test. First reaction is locally have been quite positive.
It is crying out for regeneration. It would be wonderful if new jobs
were brought in. All bought knowing that the mining was happening in the
area, so it has not come as a huge surprise. Cornwall historically is a
mining county, mining heritage, so from that point of view we are very
positive and obviously people are concerned, as we are. Used to have
to take into account residents concerns and the environmental
impact. -- we have been assured by Cornwall resources but that this
will be managed correctly and we will be keeping an eye on that as
part of or job as the council. Those involved with the scheme say a mine
would have less impact on the village of Kelly Bray than was seen
near Plymouth where a tungsten line restarted. This would be a very
different mining operation. It would be underground. Although the deposit
is close to the southern part of Kelly Bray, we would be looking to
cite any processing plant or waste tips some distance away to minimise
the impact on local residents and community. Any actual mining is
years away. That would need planning consent and also need tens of
millions of pounds to be raised from investors.
It was a busy festive period for our football sides -
with our teams involved in plenty of games and action.
Natalie's here to round up the latest of it.
Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale has been nominated for the League Two
manager of the month award having led the Grecians to three wins
and a draw from their four games in December.
And they had more success yesterday when they welcomed the New Year
The run has lifted the Grecians away from the bottom of the table
Tis has been nominated for the Football League manager
of the month award eight times during his 11 seasons at City,
but has never managed to pick up the accolade.
Ollie Watkins has been nominated for the player of the month award.
One of the other contenders is Plymouth's Oscar Threlkeld.
Speaking of which, the League Two lead changed several
Having been in top spot twice, Argyle start the New Year in second
place after being beaten 1-0 by Barnet yesterday.
The hosts took the lead early on and a superb defensive
display saw them hold on to the final whistle.
Argyle are now a point behind leaders Doncaster.
But for now it's all eyes on Anfield - there were long queues
at Home Park today as non-members were allowed to pick
Of the 8500 that were made available, it's thought
there are now a few hundred left for the FA Cup tie on Sunday.
Some will have to be up at 4am to slog their way by coach up the M6
but Argyle playing here is rare, so 8500 fans have got tickets to go. It
is my bucket list, to go to Anfield, I have been to a few of the other
big ones but I would always love to go to Anfield so this is a dream
come true. Nervous. Freezing cold. Over the moon. I can't wait to go to
the cup with all the flags and I can't wait to see the atmosphere it
will be really good. Big game and big payday. Getting into the third
round of the FA Cup is worth ?67,000 in prize money alone. Plymouth will
also get ?144,000 from the TV rights, a share of the gate receipts
from Anfield, capacity 54,000, and it is easy to see why the game could
be worth over half a million to Argyll. This is a massive gang. The
fact that a thousand 500 fans will be travelling all the way to
Liverpool on a Sunday is testament to that. Dream start would be a
draw? Or an away win! You have got to admire the optimism. Others might
say, come down! -- calm down. Meanwhile Torquay striker
Nathan Blissett has been linked It's understood the 26-year-old
target man is due to have a medical He scored four goals for Torquay
this term and eight goals in 17 games last season as he helped
the Gulls avoid relegation. Yeovil Town were comfortably
beaten by Crawley Town. The last time the two sides met,
the Glovers thrashed Crawley 5-0. And that's it for now -
but before we go, well done to Torquay who were involved
in a humdinger of a It finished 5-5 against
Forest Green Rovers - the first scoreline of its kind
in the Gulls' history. Did you like John's attempt there?
He has to go up with the skills fans and find out what a Liverpool accent
is really like. In the early of hours
of the 4th May 1942, 20 Luftwaffe bombers flew up
the Exe Estuary and orders were given for them to drop
their bombs on Exeter. A German radio report
at the time said, "Exeter "We have destroyed that jewel,
and the Luftwaffe will return Well, now a documentary's being made
to mark the 75th anniversary of the bombings and to capture
memories of the night that Anna Byles has been
following the film makers. The aftermath of German bombings
which claimed around 250 lives. Now film-makers are
unearthing stories that In those days the entrance
was in a shop in the Victorian arcades, and you would have been
down here sheltering down here two or three hours in the dark,
in the wet, with stuffy air and screaming children and the sound
of bombs landing overhead, not knowing what you might find
whenever you came back out, or even if you were going to be
able to come back out. But not everyone made
it to the safety of I will never forget
the young lad who was killed He would have been 16 years
old, but he was only Whilst many sheltered
from the raids within the city, others escaped to surrounding
villages and watched I stood at the window and I looked
up the South Street and I looked Because the next night
it was all blown to smithereens. More memories from the Blitz will be
shown as part of the documentary due to be released on the 75th
anniversary of the bombings in May. This is our first proper programme
of the year. Most are happy with this and to be back with you. The
weather has brought us some cold weather.
Minus six last night. It was pretty cold. . Perhaps not so much scraping
of the ice of the screens tomorrow morning. A different sort of date.
More cloud coming our way. The ruble of producing a few spots of drizzle
as well. I think that's crossing for tomorrow. Having said that Britain
is already fast falling and may well get to zero in a few places tonight
but there is a... Already starting to cloud over. The weather front the
ringside cloud lies across us by the middle of the day tomorrow. High
pressure squeezing out of the way a bit. It might return by Thursday, so
Thursday morning could also be frosty. Some sunshine on Thursday.
That all changes because several other funds out here will join hands
and moving as one band of cloud and rain arriving at some point through
the day on Friday. Already the cloud is coming in but that's look at what
it was like earlier today in Paignton where our cameraman caught
a glimpse of the hazy sunshine. Today has been beautiful because we
have had the very frosty start but from a diverse -- most of us we have
had unbroken sunshine from much of the day. It has helped the
temperatures. Ayes hasn't helped the temperatures. There will be a lot
more cloud, not just for this part of Devon but right across the West
of England. It is patchy cloud at the moment and it escaped bull of
producing some drizzle as it cuts down across us by the end of the
night. Even the temperatures falling now, by the end of the night I think
they start to come back up again. Perhaps one or two Celsius in a few
places, then three or four by dawn tomorrow morning. Tomorrow is cloudy
to start with. Light rain or drizzle will gradually petered out. It might
continue across ports of Cornwall but we get a clearance across parts
of Somerset and the east of Devon and Dorset by the end of the
afternoon at the top temperature of most of us of eight or nine Celsius.
For the Isles of Scilly overcast with a few spots of drizzle. We
might get some brief early brightness but generally cloudy
here. In times of high water... The forecast for our surfers is for the
north coast to be a little on the chubby side with the wind is coming
in from the North West. The wave is not very big. Mostly fair. The odd
spot of drizzle. The forecast is going to Thursday is bright, dry and
cold. Another frost first thing on Monday morning. Temperature starting
to come back. So does the cloud. But great towards the weekend. A few
spots of rain on Friday. Have a good evening. Thank you. That is all from
us for now. Andy is here with an update at 10:30pm along with David
and we are all back with you tomorrow at 6:30pm. Have a good
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