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Pair facing animal cruelty charges back in court

Two people charged with animal cruelty and fraud are back in court today.

Their case was heard in Guernsey yesterday, but it was delayed until today to give the pair more time to consider their pleas.

A 27-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man were arrested last week after a tip off about 25 dogs being transported from Slovakia to the UK via Guernsey.

The two were also believed to be in possession of forged paperwork.

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Busy evening for rescue services

Jersey Fire and Rescue Service responded to two sea rescues yesterday evening.

Just before 7 pm they received a call via Jersey Coastguard after a young lady got stuck on reefs near to Elizabeth Castle whilst Kite Surfing.

She had not been in Jersey long and was not used to the varying tidal conditions combined with high winds and found herself unable to make it back to shore.

The Fire Service's Inshore Rescue Boat was launched, however, the young lady had by then been recovered by a recreational Jet Skier who managed to get her back to shore.

Later that evening just after 11 pm the Coastguard received a further call about a diver in trouble on the North Coast. The call came from a man who had lost contact with his ‘dive buddy’. After losing contact he surfaced and spotted his buddy near the rocks, although with the high tide and swell conditions, he was unable to get to him.

The Fire Service's Inshore Rescue was launched at scene and the diver was picked up within five minutes, however he had been in the water for over an hour and was evidently tired and suffering from cramp.

The Fire and Rescue Service advises members of the public to always check weather and tidal conditions before adventuring out onto the seas. Accurate information can be found on the Jersey Coastguard website. One ‘Top Tip’ for any evening activity is to ensure that individuals carry a couple of glow-sticks for such emergencies.

– Jersey Fire and Rescue

Commuters get on their bikes!

A free mobile bike checking station is going to be available to cyclists in Guernsey today.

The pop up bike stop is free to encourage more commuters to ditch the car and hop on a bike for National Cycle to Work Day.

The results of a recent survey show around 20% of islanders cycle to work at least once a week and 5% use a bike as a way to get to work regularly.

The mobile bike checking station is available to anyone cycling to work who wants their bike to be looked over by experts, at North Beach car park from midday to 2pm.

It is encouraging to see that so many people are viewing cycling to work as a viable alternative to the daily commute by motor car. Supporting National Cycle to Work Day provides an ideal opportunity to show what a real difference we could all make if we were prepared to cycle to work at least once a week and what better opportunity than while there are restrictions in place on traffic flows on the main arterial route into St. Peter Port along Les Banques. In addition to reducing overall traffic flows, the added health benefits associated with cycling regularly mean that you get fitter and feel better as well as saving money on your motoring costs and door to door it can be quicker than driving to work so it really is worth considering making the change.

– Tim Prout, Active Travel

Young people need more support claims charity

A charity in Jersey which supports children and young adults, is worried vulnerable young people could be at risk if they're not supported more by the government.

Barnardo's Jersey says its services are facing increasing demand because of a shortage of employment opportunities and housing along with cuts to income support in the island.

They claims one young adult they have been supporting, had to sleep in their car because they had nowhere else to go.

We'll be hearing from Barnardo's in tonight's programme at 6pm.

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Poor costs Green Lions in FA Cup

Guernsey F.C’s FA Cup campaign came to an end after a poor start condemned them to a 2-1 defeat to Ryman North side Phoenix Sports.

The Green Lions found themselves two goals down after just eight minutes and boss Tony Vance admitted ‘he can’t keep making excuses for his team’ as they missed the opportunity for a first ever home tie in the world’s most famous cup competition.

Phoenix Sports needed an injury time equaliser to force a replay on Saturday, and it was the same man who put them in front at the Dripping Pan – Yaccine Gnahore opening the scoring after just four minutes.

And four minutes later it was 2-0, Ricky Freeman took the chance to double Phoenix’s lead.

The game should have been out of sight by half-time but Gnahore fired wide when through on goal.

It was a different contest in the second half though and Tom Strawbridge and Ross Allen had both gone close before Dom Heaume deflected in a long range effort with just sixteen minutes left.

Guernsey’s chances of a comeback improved further when Scott Whibley was sent off soon after for a second yellow card.

Then in stoppage time they should have forced an extra 30 minutes but Craig Young shot straight at the goalkeeper and Guernsey were beaten.

Jenner top scores for Sussex second team

Credit: Jenner: Seb Daly / ICC / SPORTSFILE

Jersey cricketer Jonty Jenner top scored for Sussex’s second team as they chase victory in a three day match against Durham.

Jenner scored 46 in his county’s first innings of 223 and they are well placed to win the match on Thursday.

Sussex trailed by 46 after both sides had batted once before reducing Durham to 109-7 at the close – a lead of 155 with three second innings wickets left.

It’s yet another good innings from the Jersey teenager who helped the London and East region to third place in the ECB Super 4s on Saturday with a quick-fire 66.

Jenner was named as the NatWest Rising Star at the Channel Islands Sports awards in January.

Animal cruelty case postponed

Two people due to appear in court in Guernsey in connection with animal cruelty charges, have been given extra time to consider their pleas.

A 27-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man were arrested on animal cruelty and fraud charges last week.

The case is being adjourned until tomorrow.

The States Vet received a tip off about concerns of the welfare of 25 dogs being transported from Slovakia to the UK via Guernsey by ferry.

Officers stopped a van and the animals were taken to the GSPCA, the two were also believed to be in possession of forged paperwork.

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