12/05/2017 Channel Islands News


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Good evening, I'm Charlie McArdle. for the news where you are.

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A cutting-edge defence system has been installed

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at Guernsey Prison, in a world first.

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Drones are often used across the globe

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to illegally smuggle items to prisoners,

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but Guernsey Prison will now be able to combat the problem.

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The Skyfence system seizes control of the drone

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if it comes within certain airspace.

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Mike Wilkins went to see the system in action.

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This remarkable footage shows a drone being used

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It's unclear how big a problem it is.

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The only drones they catch are the ones that crash.

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prison chiefs are leading the way in tackling this aerial menace.

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You're about to see a drone stopped mid-flight.

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The system hacks the frequency of the drone, halts it

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and sends it back to where it came from.

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The aircraft is disconnected and it is in return to home mode.

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And drones are getting smaller all the time.

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Would this system cope with a swarm of tiny drones?

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When any type of drone is detected, the whole perimeter fence

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comes alive so no drones can cross the fence at all.

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to be using a drone-detecting fence, called Skyfence.

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It's part of a ?1.7 million security upgrade,

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but some of it has come free of charge.

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We bought the detector package which told us there were drones

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within the prison but didn't stop those coming in,

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and this new technology we were offered as an upgrade,

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The payback hopefully will be that other prisons will see it

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and both the prison and the company will benefit.

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The anti-drone system will be activated at the end of next month.

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And experts tell me it could also be applied

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over whether a new phone app will be beneficial.

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The Uber-style system, due to be launched in the next month,

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will allow you to hail a taxi without going to the ranks.

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But are there enough rank taxis to go round?

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especially at the weekend and if it's raining.

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But a new app that lets you hail a taxi from your phone

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could make it easier to get from A to B.

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It's for rank taxis, and the app lets you use your phone

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to see what taxis are in your area and book them.

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We've got to move forward now, haven't we, regarding these apps?

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If they can get an app together, I guess,

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something quick and easy, better than ringing, yeah, definitely.

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I mean, I spent some time in the UK, living in Edinburgh in Scotland,

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and it was so convenient to be able to hail taxis just on the street

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rather than having to find a taxi rank.

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While they wouldn't appear on camera, some drivers have told us

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they don't think the app will work, and fear it will

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take taxis away from the ranks they're supposed to serve.

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But their concerns have been rejected.

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and bringing the taxis into the 21st century.

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It's important for the public to know

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and by that I mean we couldn't take endless bookings.

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Our priority is still obviously to service the ranks.

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This isn't the first time a taxi app has been introduced in Jersey.

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Four years ago, an app for private cabs was introduced and the States

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thinks the time is right for this one for rank vehicles.

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We're waiting for the Jersey Taxi Drivers' Association to demonstrate

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the app to us but I understand that they're focusing on immediate hire,

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so those are people who'd otherwise walk to the ranks,

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so you're actually giving the customer a choice.

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The States is now working with rank taxi drivers

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to review how the service and the app work.

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Four men in Guernsey have been arrested in connection

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with the collapse of the Providence Investment Fund.

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Most of the ?37 million put into the scheme by investors

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The arrests were made yesterday at four separate island addresses

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in connection with suspected fraud offences.

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The men were bailed, pending further inquiries.

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Guernsey and Jersey's footballers go head to head this weekend

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with the Reds beating the Greens for the last two finals.

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Following last year's game in Jersey,

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where bottles were thrown, an alcohol-free zone's

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been put in place at Guernsey's Footes Lane.

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and are desperate to get their hands back on the vase.

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We have to make sure we turn up for the game on Saturday. Last two

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years, we not completed, we have not battled and represented the shirt

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with the fight you need to win. I think the players that have played

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in the last two years have accepted that, they have reminded themselves

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of that, and that has been key to our preparation going into Saturday.

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And there will be full match commentary on BBC Radio Guernsey

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and Jersey tomorrow on Sportscene from 1pm.

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We've a had a little rain this evening,

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but is it set to continue as we head into the weekend?

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Let's find out - David Braine has your forecast.

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Hello, good evening. I think we have got a reasonable weekend ahead of

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us. There is some rain before the show is for the next few hours, then

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some overnight rain on Saturday night. Between the two, for a good

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part of the weekend, there are sunny spells and it is predominantly dry.

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Just slightly fresher feel to the air on Sunday. You can see the

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reason for the sharp showers we have been seeing, it is moving

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northwards, it is an area of low pressure that moves north and east

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overnight tonight and into the early hours of the morning. There is

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another weather system coming in, but that does not reach us until the

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end of the day tomorrow. Most of Saturday is dry and breezy with the

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winds freshening. There is another one which is not getting to us until

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Sunday night. Sunday is also the dominant read/write with some

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sunshine as well. It will become dry with some clear sky overnight and

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temperatures down to 10 degrees, 15 Fahrenheit. Tomorrow, some sunshine

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through the morning, but it will cloud over. A lot of medium and

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upper-level cloud arriving later in the day. There is the chance of a

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light passing shower, but most of the day is dry before it eventually

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becomes rather cloudy, and 16 will be the top cabbage. Bright and dry

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on Sunday, but all change as we move into next week, and warmer by

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Tuesday. Have a nice weekend. Throughout the weekend,

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the BBC will keep you up to date with your local news,

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weather and travel. There'll be regular bulletins

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and any breaking news on BBC Radio Guernsey and Jersey

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from 6 in the morning. Also online - find your

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local page at bbc.co.uk. A bit of a mixed bag earlier on

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today, some of us were cloudy with rain. This is the view from one of

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our weather watchers in Cornwall. But in the Highlands of Scotland, it

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was completely different, find, sunny and warm. The satellite and

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radar picture shows the variety of weather we have had. It brightened

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up into the afternoon, early

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