10/02/2017 Channel Islands News


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Electronic tagging is being considered in Guernsey

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It's thought it could help reduce the numbers of people

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in custody, particularly those on short sentences.

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It's one idea mentioned in a new prison report which looks

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at some of the changes over the past year, as Penny Elderfield explains.

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The start of another day at Guernsey prison.

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I've been here for 18 months, it's not too bad.

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You wouldn't choose to be here, it's hard emotionally and mentally.

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I've focused on what I'm going to do when I leave,

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and how this might be a change in my life.

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Michael's one of around 90 prisoners here.

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And whilst focusing on how he could change, there've been quite

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New security measures, training opportunities and now this.

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This is the new wing area that we were talking about.

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This new female wing is the latest development.

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We had an external inspection that said we needed to separate

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the female to male areas, that is exactly what we have done.

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Even though the numbers are low, this wing will hold six women

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and it will safeguard if the numbers increase again.

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Generally the number of prisoners is down.

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Around 30%, in fact, on 2012 figures.

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And the prison governor does have a plan to cut that further.

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Electronic tagging, allowing people to serve their sentences

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It's widely used in other jurisdictions for low-risk prisoners

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Imprisonment is very expensive and you have to question the benefit

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of that to the island if someone is sent here for a very short time.

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So it gives an alternative, should the courts wish to use it.

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It's a change Home Affairs will consider to help reduce

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Although realistically it'll take more than just

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A lot of people come and you won't see them again.

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Sometimes, it's for people's life experience to bring

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about that change rather than the prison itself.

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A 55-year-old man from Jersey who admitted posting a highly

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offensive comment on Facebook about Syrian refugees

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Dale Minikin from St Peter was sentenced

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An online discussion on a Facebook page centred on a play at the Jersey

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Arts Centre featuring Syrian refugees.

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There were a number of posts but the short comment

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from Dale Minikin was singled out by the police because it suggested

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It accepted that he had no intention of violence

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The magistrate called it a fleeting moment of stupidity

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but he should've realised it was grossly offensive

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and could have encouraged violence by others.

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Jersey's Children's Services has seen a big increase

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Last November, 244 cases were reported to the department

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responsible for protecting vulnerable children.

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That figure is double the monthly average.

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Usually this department sees around 100 children a month

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who may need protection, but the end of last year saw

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what officials are calling an unprecedented rise in calls.

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It may well be that there's been an increase due to the white ribbon

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campaign that ran in November about awareness

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Other things as well, we had some other risk

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assessments that we were doing, and we were also doing some

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assessments of children with quite complex needs so a few factors

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but hard to pin it on one particular thing.

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And the rise has also been noticed this children's charity.

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We have children from all different aspects, from the Bosdet Foundation

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through Social Services and Children's Services and other

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I think we had a 20-30% increase last summer,

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and Christmas again there was another increase so it's

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definitely been increasing as the months have gone on,

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To cope with the demand at Children's Services, social

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Plus the department is looking to recruit another 20 professionals.

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But this is during a national shortage of social workers.

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My caseload is quite high at the moment, so there is that need

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to prioritise but that's the case, no matter how many cases you have.

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And we're fortunate to work in a profession where people

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It's also hoped a social work degree will become available in the island.

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And ?6 million will be injected into the department this year.

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But officials admit coping with such a high number

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The club at the centre of a dispute in women's football

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in the Channel Islands has written to the Jersey and Guernsey Football

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Associations to try to get this year's Muratti re-instated.

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The 2017 match between the two islands was cancelled

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because the Guernsey FA couldn't convince enough women to register.

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Many of the top players represent Ormer Ladies in the UK.

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But now 18 Ormer players have agreed also to sign for Guernsey-based

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clubs Sylvans and Rovers, making them eligible

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If the GFA accept their applications and I can't see any reason why

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they would not want to, then they are eligible to play,

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I believe, unless the rules have been changed, so hopefully the issue

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that they raised on Wednesday we have gone some way to solving.

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You're up to date with the news for the Channel Islands

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I will leave you with the forecast and David Braine.

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We really need to wrap up warm this weekend. It is a bitterly cold

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We really need to wrap up warm this weekend. It is a bitterly cold

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easterly wind, even stronger on Sunday. Cloudier times and the risk

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of wintry showers. Some of those have been round this evening. A few

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more to come tomorrow. They are light, scattered, but a risk

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nonetheless. On Sunday, see how tightly packed the isobars are,

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strong winds for a time. On Monday, things warm up slowly and gradually

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but taking their time before they arrive. A few showers possible

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overnight tonight. They tend to fade away for a time. Cloud cover but

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breaks developing, temperatures down to 1 degrees, are forced as possible

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first thing and it really does feel cold tomorrow. We will struggle with

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our temperatures. You can see a scattering of showers, most of which

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will be rain, some sleet, one or two isolated showers will fall as snow

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and it is not very warm with a top temperature of three degrees. On

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Sunday, it is slightly less cold but there is more wind around so perhaps

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you won't notice the difference. Monday and Tuesday week, we started

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temperatures rise. That is all from me. Goodbye.

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exception to that rule probably over the hills where again there could be

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a bit of snow, but not accumulating. Another

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