Jersey man jailed for historical child sexual abuse

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Image caption Kenneth Gordon was sentenced to 16 years in prison

A 68-year-old man has been jailed for 16 years for serious historic sexual offences against several children in Jersey.

Kenneth Gordon pleaded guilty in April to 17 sexual offences against four girls, as well as an assault on a boy.

The offences took place between 1992 and 2008 when the victims were aged between four and 15.

Gordon, of St Clement, was placed on the sex offenders register by the island’s Royal Court.

He was sentenced by the Superior Number of the court, which only rules on Jersey’s most serious crimes.

Jersey Police said the victims were subjected to “many forms of abuse” over years by Gordon, who “grossly abused” their trust.

Det Sgt David Hill praised the “immense courage” of the victims throughout the “long and complex” investigation.

“I hope that after today’s sentencing they can now start to rebuild their lives,” he said.

Jersey World War Two bunkers painted with Nazi symbols

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Image caption The symbols are the summer’s second discovery of Nazi-themed vandalism

Nazi symbols have been daubed on the walls of World War Two bunkers in Jersey.

Swastikas were painted on the relics at the Corbiere and Elizabeth Castle on Wednesday.

The letters HH, standing for ‘Heil Hitler’, as well as SS, the acronym for notorious paramilitary organisation the Schutzstaffel, were also found.

It is the second incident of racist vandalism this summer, after the spray painting of similar imagery in June.

Both bunkers were built during the German occupation of the island during the war, as part of the Nazi’s Atlantic Wall fortification plans.

Jersey Police are appealing for information about two young men seen parked in the area on Wednesday between 18:45 and 19:10, when the vandalism is believed to have occurred at the Corbiere bunker.

They were seen parked in a blue car resembling an old style VW Polo and the driver was described as having “bushy ginger or blond hair”.

Police say the damage at Elizabeth Castle occurred between 09:00 and 13:00 on the same day.

Jersey Bulls win 6-0 in opening away match to top league after two games

Jersey Bulls include the best players on the Channel Island, which is closer to France than the UK

Jersey Bulls cruised to their first away victory as they beat Deportivo Galicia 6-0 in Combined Counties League Division One.

Karl Hinds scored a hat-trick – the first in the club’s history – and Luke Campbell, Daryl Wilson and Zeljko Martinovic were also on target.

The win left Jersey top of the table after two matches following a 3-0 win over Ash United in their first game.

“It was a good performance all round,” manager Gary Freeman told BBC Jersey.

Car ploughs into parked car damaging house in St Helier

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Image caption Two people in the BMW were taken to hospital, Jersey Police said

A man has been arrested after a BMW crashed into a parked car which damaged a house.

The parked Fiesta, which had no-one in it, was pushed into the front of the property in Queens Road, St Helier at about 21:40 BST on Friday.

Two people in the BMW were taken to hospital. Neither has life-threatening injuries, police said.

The BMW driver, aged in his 40s, remains in custody. No-one was inside the house at the time of the crash.

Police would not say what the man had been arrested on suspicion of.

Jersey Reds to face Russian national team in World Cup warm-up match

Jersey Reds average just over 1,600 fans to their home games at St Peter

Championship club Jersey Reds will face the Russian national team this month.

The game in Moscow, which will be a pre-season friendly for the second tier English side, will act as a warm-up game for the Russians as they prepare for the World Cup in Japan this autumn.

Russia are in a pool with Scotland, Ireland, Samoa and hosts Japan, and are ranked 20th in the world.

The 27 August fixture has been arranged through Russia head coach Lyn Jones, whose son Luc plays for Jersey.

“We were very interested in the prospect of a historic fixture for the club straight away, although there were lots of details that needed to be finalised in a short time,” said Jersey Reds head coach Harvey Biljon.

“With a lot of hard work on both sides, and a real will by all involved to make this happen, we have been able to confirm the trip.

“It’s going to be a massive challenge for our players, but one that we believe will be a great experience for them and play a major part in getting the squad ready for the forthcoming season.”

A 36-strong party will leave the Channel Island for the game at the Slava Stadium in the Russian capital, with the club also having a four-day training camp.

Jersey, who finished fourth in the Championship last season, are about to begin their eighth season in the second tier of English club rugby.

They face National One side Old Elthamians and Welsh region Scarlets in their other warm-up games before their first competitive game against relegated Newcastle Falcons in the Championship Cup on 21 September.

Jersey warned over ‘strong’ batch of ecstasy

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Image caption The “very high strength” variant of the Class A drug has been linked to five hospitalisations

A ‘triple strength’ batch of ecstasy has been linked to five people being hospitalised in Jersey.

The variant of the Class A drug, known as “Skype”, was involved in each of the five cases seen in recent weeks, Jersey’s Alcohol & Drug Service said.

The pink and purple pills are “three times” stronger than an average dose, drug safety charity The Loop said.

The same batch has been linked to several hospitalisations at Manchester’s Parklife festival in June.

Professor Fiona Measham from The Loop said the danger came from the fact that the pills were “three times an average adult dose”.

“If people don’t know how strong it is they risk overdose,” she said.

Simba Kashiri from Jersey’s Alcohol & Drug Service warned islanders that taking the drug “involved risk” as it was impossible to know the exact contents or strength of any given pill.

“Ecstasy can affect the body’s temperature control and dancing in a hot atmosphere also increases the risk of overheating, which can be deadly,” he added.

Pamela Nisbet ‘died from stab to neck’

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Image caption Pamela Nisbet, 68, died in hospital after being stabbed at a property in Jersey

A 68-year-old woman who was attacked in her home on Jersey died from a stab wound to the neck, a Home Office pathologist has said.

Pamela Nisbet, from St Peter, died in hospital from her injuries on Tuesday.

Jersey Police has been given an additional 24 hours to question a 40-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder after her death.

The force said specialist officers were supporting her family and keeping them updated on the investigation.

Mrs Nesbit’s friends and neighbours described her as kind, loyal, compassionate and dedicated to her community.

She had been a teacher, company director and an honorary police officer.

Murder arrest as woman fatally ‘stabbed’ in Jersey

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Image caption Police have arrested a 40-year-old man, who is now in custody

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman died in a suspected stabbing in Jersey.

Pamela Nisbet, who was 68, was found at a property in St Peter at about 18:55 BST on Tuesday.

She was taken to hospital “but died of her wounds”, an officer said.

A 40-year-old man, who was known to the victim, was arrested by armed officers and remains in custody. No-one else was being sought and Mrs Nisbet’s family had been made aware, police said.

Jersey Bulls: New side aim for promotion after first-ever win in English league

Jersey Bulls are made up of the best players on the Channel island, which is closer to France than the UK

The most southerly football team ever to play in the English league system are already targeting promotion – after just one game.

Jersey Bulls made their debut in Division One of the Combined Counties League – the 10th tier of English football – with a 3-0 win over Ash United at St Helier’s Springfield Stadium.

Man of the match Fraser Barlow had the honour of scoring the team’s first competitive goal, following pre-season matches against League Two side Stevenage and Leicester City’s Under-23s.

Barlow’s opener late in the first half was added to by a Karl Hinds penalty and a last-minute third from substitute Harry Cardwell.

“Our aim is promotion, without a doubt,” said manager Gary Freeman.

“I’m very proud,” Barlow told BBC Radio Jersey after making a little bit of local history on an island whose sporting scene has recently been dominated by Jersey’s international cricket side and a professional rugby team that plays in the Championship.

“I could have had a few more goals though, but it was good to finally get the finish. We could have been three or four goals up before I scored, but it was good.”

Jersey Bulls’ mascot, like the club’s name, takes inspiration from the world-famous breed of cow that comes from the island

The team are following a similar path to their near neighbours and bitter rivals Guernsey, who set up Guernsey FC in 2012.

That side marched through the division the Bulls are in, winning the title, and the one above as they won consecutive promotions.

Jersey Bulls scratches an itch that has long troubled football in the island – getting the best players regular games of a higher standard.

The island failed in a bid to join Uefa as an international nation, but does have a side representing it in Conifa – the federation for non-Fifa nations.

While sides coming to Jersey only have to take the flight from Gatwick to the island once a season, the long slog for the amateur players of Jersey is only just beginning.

They play their first away game, at FC Deportivo Galicia, who are bottom of the fledgling table after a 6-0 opening-day loss to Westside, on Wednesday, 14 August.

It means leaving work early to jump on a lunchtime flight before an evening kick-off and an early plane back the following morning in order to go back to work.

“You see passionate support across grounds in England and Scotland and we want to replicate that here on the island,” chairman Russell Le Feuvre said.

“It’s all positive at the moment, we’ve got to make sure we keep that momentum on and off the pitch.”

Chelmsford choirmaster Kenneth Francis guilty of abusing choirboys

Kenneth FrancisImage copyright Jersey Evening Post
Image caption Kenneth Francis was found guilty on all 17 counts

A former boarding school choirmaster has been found guilty of abusing four boys.

Kenneth Francis, 72, assaulted the choristers while a teacher at Widford Lodge Boarding School in Chelmsford in the 1970s.

Francis, of Pepys Court, Cambridge, was found guilty of 15 counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency after a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

He will be sentenced on 27 August.

He was on trial alongside Malcolm Archer, of North Wootton, Somerset, who was cleared of two counts of indecent assault.

The 67-year-old was suspended as director of chapel music at Winchester College late in 2017 and subsequently left the school.

Image caption Malcolm Archer, pictured in 2004, was cleared of two counts of indecent assault

Abuser ‘rated performance’

Francis assaulted boys who were members of the school choir between 1972 and 1979.

He had kissed pupils during one-to-one lessons before touching their genitals, the court heard.

One of Francis’s victims said during the trial that he had been abused beneath the school stage then given reward stars by the choirmaster, which he told police were “for my performance under the stage”.

One of the men abused by Francis said it had taken many years for him to speak about what had happened.

“The psychological scarring is something that I have had to struggle with growing up, but it never heals,” he said.

“You just learn to live with it, as a dark part of yourself that you try to keep hidden away.

“Now I am able to let it rest for what it is.”