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Businesses join "Pokemon Go" craze to boost visitor numbers

Its the game that's sweeping across the islands, and now businesses are making the most of the "Pokemon Go" craze to boost visitor numbers.

Worldwide it's claimed mobiles are being used to play the game more than they're being used for social media apps like instagram.

Coffee shops and Durrell Wildlife Park in Jersey have all been joining in the fun, as Wesley Smith found out.

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Woman released on bail after firearms officers deployed to Sark

A woman has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of assault and possessing an offensive weapon.

It followed an incident last night, where firearms officers from Guernsey were deployed to Sark on board the Leopardess patrol vessel.

Police were called out after it was reported the 31-year-old woman had threatened a man with a folding knife.

The weapon was recovered by police and the woman was taken to Guernsey for questioning.

Police say the investigation is still on-going.

Plans to build on former vinery site 'dangerous'

Residents in St Sampsons say plans to build on an old vinery in Guernsey would be "dangerous" and "not safe".

Nearly 300 people have signed a petition against the planning application to demolish greenhouses and create five storage areas on the site on Epinelle lane.

Resident Sarah Guilbert says the area is used by many pedestrians, and it would be inappropriate to build on the area.

Man suffers burns after bonfire gets out of control

A man in Jersey has been burned after trying to put out a bonfire which got out of control yesterday evening.

A fire engine with four firefighters were called out to the incident, where 300 square metres of grassland became alight.

The bonfire was spreading to nearby bushes and furze.

It was extinguished with two water jets.

The man, who suffered burns to his arm, was given first aid by firefighters at the scene.

The gentleman underestimated just how quickly these things can get out of control especially when burning vegetation as it can be very dry and cause fire to spread quickly.

If you have green waste take it to La Collette waste and recycling centre to avoid having an unfortunate accident by lighting a bonfire that may get out of hand.

– Richard Ryan, Watch Commander

Kite festival marks opening of Plémont headland

Credit: Chris Brookes

The Plémont headland in Jersey will be filled with kites this afternoon, in celebration of the official opening of the site to the public.

The area was bought by the National Trust for Jersey, along with the States, after a ten year campaign to restore the site, which was the former Pontins Holiday Camp.

There will be a short ceremony to acknowledge the occasion, followed by
The Mourant Ozannes Kite Flying Festival at 2pm.

One of the UK's leading kite flying experts will be on hand to give islanders tips on how to best fly a kite.

We are delighted to be launching our partnership with the kite flying festival on such an important day for Plémont, following the campaign that captured the hearts and minds of Islanders and which has now been restored for public enjoyment for many years to come.

– Jonathan Speck, Mourant Ozannes

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Woman in Sark arrested for assault after firearms officers deployed

A woman in Sark has been arrested on suspicion of assault and being in possession of an offensive weapon.

It followed an incident last night, where firearms officers from Guernsey were deployed to Sark on board the Leopardess patrol vessel.

Police were called out after it was reported the 31-year-old woman had threatened a man with a folding knife.

The weapon was recovered by police and the woman remains in custody.

Petition against plans to build on former vinery site gathers support

A campaign to prevent an old vinery in Guernsey being converted into storage yards is gathering support.

Nearly 300 people have signed a petition against the planning application to demolish greenhouses and create five storage areas on the former vinery site.

Residents on and around Epinelle lane in St Sampsons say it is an inappropriate area to have an industrial facility of this size.

Christian May to stand in Senatorial by-election

Christian May, the chairman of the equality charity Liberate, has confirmed his intention to stand for senator in the upcoming by-election in September.

The qualified barrister also led the successful campaign group 'Save People's Park' against using the site for the new hospital.

The by-election was prompted by the resignation of Zoe Cameron earlier this month.

May says passion of the people in the community should "never be underestimated".

I am proud to declare that I will stand for the office of Senator in the forthcoming by-election.

Through my work with members of our Island community I have been conscious of the importance of listening to the public; be that through open meetings, surveys, or face to face.

We need to engender a politics of engagement and two-way communication on this Island; not one in which the electorate feel either uninformed or patronised.

– Christian May
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