03/01/2017 Channel Islands News


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Serious road accidents double in a decade could penalty

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points and the threat of losing your license

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There is still rules about what they shouldn't do on the road, whether is

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pedestrians, cyclists, people driving a car. They continue to

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break the rules. Good evening and welcome

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to the late news from BBC Five weeks of roadworks for one

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of Guernsey's main commuter routes. Drivers in Jersey caught breaking

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the law could face penalty points on their licence to tackle

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the rising number of The department that oversees

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roads says they're safer than they were 20 years ago,

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but bringing down the number of Penalty points on your driving

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licence are something drivers in the UK and Europe have been

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familiar with for many years, but that's not been the case

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in Jersey, where you are less likely to lose your licence because of bad

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driving and bad behaviour. Jersey's Government wants to bring

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in a penalty points system by 2019, The evidence shows that we are still

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getting as many serious injuries yet on year as we have

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done for 20 odd years. That would suggest that we do

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need to do a bit more. You can get fined, disqualified,

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but the logic of the penalty points system is that it will add more

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to the process. In the past decade, accidents

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have more than doubled, going from fewer than 30 in 2005

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to 68 in 2015. But with measures already in place,

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such as Parish Hall Enquiries and fines, will penalty points

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make a difference? Basically, when you are

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driving a car, you need Looking ahead and being aware

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of what's around you. A piece of documentation

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won't make any difference. There are rules, whether it is

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a pedestrian or cyclist, people still regularly

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break the rules. When there are penalties

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already in place. It should make a difference,

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but it remains to be seen. The authorities also want to cut

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the legal blood alcohol limit, bringing it into line with Scotland

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and France by 2018. The latest police campaign over

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Christmas showed a consdierable reduction in the number

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of people caught. The police asked the public to help

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by reporting people getting behind The public trust us, I feel,

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and they feel that they can vote. We need their help, their support,

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and we need them to contact us. While more work is done on the law

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changes, the police say they'll be continuing their campaign

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to make our roads safer. Chris Rayner, BBC Channel

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Islands News, Jersey. The parents of a murdered Guernsey

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woman have reached out to the national media in the hope

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to see justice. Vic and Kate Groves spoke

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to a number of national BBC radio and television news outlets

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including the Victoria Derbyshire Show today on the poor handling

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of their daughters case. Sarah was killed on a houseboat

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in Kasmir in 2013. in the trial of Richard de

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Wit, a Dutch national Her parents hope today's broadcasts

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will help highlight the case. We have had a bigger audience. We

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have global -- gone global today. We were grateful to go national. The

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aim is to elevate the awareness of what is not going on in the hope

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that somebody somewhere will pick it up and put it onto the platform it

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should be on and treated with the seriousness it should be treated

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with. The trial is an absolute farce and it is going nowhere with no

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progress for 15 and a bit months. You could go back to June 2015

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Webber has only been one witness processed and there is 46 witnesses

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in the mix. It will be well past its sell by if it goes on at this rate

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because there was nothing happening. The Jersey civil servant

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at the centre of a flight Mike King, the Chief Officer

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for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture has resigned

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with immediate effect. A statement from the Chief Ministers

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department says he is leaving by mutual agreement but doesn't

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specify the reason. Mr King came under criticism

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in the States last year when he and Wayne Gallichan

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from Locate Jersey spent ?13,000 on flights for a business

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trip to South Africa. A jury has heard how a Jersey taxman

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accused of stealing tax payers money It's alleged 40-year-old

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Carl Robert Frankum stole more than ?800 after people

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gave it to him Frankum, who worked

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at Cyril Le Marquand House, has been charged with two counts

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of stealing from the States of Jersey between June

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2012 and August 2014. Schools, businesses

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and the Guernsey Ambulance Service all have contingency plans in place,

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as five weeks of roadworks gets underway on one of the island's

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main arterial routes. The Rohais is set to

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close in stages whilst This morning marked the start

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of five weeks of work on one of the island's

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main commuter routes. Phase one will see the bottom

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of the Rohais go down to single lane traffic,

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controlled by temporary lights, and the work will continue in stages

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up the hill towards St Peter Port. This is one of our biggest projects

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we've done in recent years. At 900 metres, we're resurfacing

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over 200 metres a week. That's a significant amount of work,

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so what we have to do is break it into phases to try and keep

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the traffic moving to keep access to businesses and hopefully that

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will lead to a successful project. The island's ambulance

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service is at the centre of the affected area,

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but plans are in place to ensure that emergency call-outs are dealt

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with as quickly as possible. Hopefully, our response times

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are not going to be affected. What we plan to do is place

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ambulances and crews at various points of the island

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during the roadworks so our response times will hopefully

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not be delayed at all. Businesses are keen to stress that

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they will remain open throughout, with the Rohais Motor Centre quick

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to praise the levels It's enabled them to keep

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customers fully informed. Before Christmas, the engineer came

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round and spoke to us in a lot of detail about how

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it was going to go and how the phases would work,

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and we've been emailed copies Yeah, I think it's been

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really, really good. While things have been moving

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fairly smoothly today, the real test may well come

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when the schools go Online shopping is having a big

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impact on the amount of waste As the festive season nears its end,

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waste centres are seeing much more And as Mike Wilkins reports,

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it's not just cardboard, christmas cards and wrapping paper

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being recycled. It's beginning to look

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like the end of Christmas. Although there's still a few days

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till the end of the festive season, hundreds of trees have already been

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dumped at this recycling point. The island's waste officer says

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they're put to good use. We collect around about

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6,500 trees per year. That matches the amount of trees

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coming into the island. What we will do with those trees

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is chipping them onside, and taking the chips down and mix

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them with the material And it's not just

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trees being dumped. This recycling centre is dealing

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with all the Christmas cards, Behind me, there are towers

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of cardboard stacked high. The people who run this place

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tell me that one in three of the cardboard they recycle comes

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from one online retailer. We are seeing an increase

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in online shopping. That increases in the cadboard

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coming into the island, A third of all cardboard boxes

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recycled here are from just We don't have the overall recycling

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figures yet for this Christmas, but with a few days left

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of the festive season, there's Let's take a look at tomorrow's

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weather with David Braine. Good evening. It is a cloudy picture

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for the next couple of days. Cloud arriving late at night and a breeze

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picking up. The cloud is capable of producing drizzle. The wind is

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easing. Things start to improve. The layer of cloud is way up here to the

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north of Britain and will sink his way southwards. It will be draped

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close to us during the course of tomorrow morning. There is a lot

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more cloud and less frost than we have seen recently. It will produce

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spots of rain. Most of which will disappear as we get to Thursday.

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Bright and dry weather and some more winter sunshine to enjoy. All change

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again as we move into Friday. Some of that cloud is beginning to cross

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the Channel. For the first half of the night, it will turn cold and we

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could see temperatures dipping down to four Celsius. Then the breeze

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picks up the cloud rolls in. Temperatures by the morning coming

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back up to five Celsius. The wind is from the north-west and it will ease

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during the second half of the day. After quite a lot of cloud to start

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the day, it is drier and brighter as we move through into the evening. It

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will take all day before we get to that weather front. If you are

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heading to Europe, it is quite warm in southern parts of Spain and

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Portugal. Central and northern Europe, some low temperatures. For

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us, it is more cloudy on Friday and mild at the weekend. I am back

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tomorrow night at 6:30pm. Good evening.

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milder later in the week. That is it from me but coming up next is the

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national picture. Good evening. But frost or not of frost, that is the

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weather question for tomorrow and the answer is no, probably not

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because of this weather front that is slipping south from Scotland,

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maybe towards the south-west where we might have one or

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