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Guernsey Police investigating FAB link corruption allegations

The States of Alderney say they are aware of the investigation. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Guernsey Police are investigating an accusation of corruption in Alderney in relation to the building of a new underwater electric cable that will link up the UK to France.

The FAB link, as it is more commonly known, will connect British and French national electricity grids and could be constructed in Channel Island waters. It was originally planned to go through Alderney but it couldn't get planning permission.

In response to the accusation, the States of Alderney says it is aware of the investigation.

These claims are the subject of preliminary investigations by Guernsey Police and it would not be appropriate for the States of Alderney to make any comment on the matter while investigations are being undertaken.

– Statement from the States of Alderney

FAB Link Limited themselves have said the accusation of corruption is 'wholly inaccurate and entirely unfounded.'

The FAB Project was put on hold in 2017 with the French energy regulator saying it needed more clarity on Brexit, before any construction work could start.

According to the FAB website, work is scheduled to start next year.

The proposed route of the underground cables across the island has been carefully selected with all relevant stakeholders, including the States of Alderney, the Alderney Society, the States of Guernsey Culture and Heritage Department, the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe, who have all provided invaluable expert advice.

– FAB Link Limited