Recently, St Helena Police have been called to a number of incidents of a serious violent nature, particularly occurring in or around licenced premises, which suggests that alcohol is a contributing factor.

Police Inspector Julianne Benjamin said:

“Alcohol reduces the human ability to think clearly. Too often we don’t know our limit of alcohol consumption.  After consuming a large amount of alcohol, things that would normally be minor are heightened, which in turn could cause an aggressive reaction.

 “No one wants to go out on a night fearing that they could be assaulted. Everyone goes out to have a good time and everyone should know that whilst out they will be safe.

 “If you are at licenced premises  where violence is taking place or you fear that violence will take place then please call the Police. Police presence will be higher in these areas.”

 #StHelena #StHelenaPolice #AlcoholandViolence

18 April 2018

A north-westerly swell is forecast for St Helena from Saturday, 21 April, through to Monday, 23 April 2018. This might result in a large sea swell and breakers in James Bay and Rupert’s Bay.

 The public is advised to use caution when accessing the Sea Front area. To avoid damage to vehicles, drivers are asked to take care when parking near the safety rails.

Due care and attention should be taken when swimming in Rupert’s and James Bay during this time.

Port Control will be monitoring sea conditions and may restrict access to the Sea Front, Jamestown Wharf and Rupert’s Jetty if necessary.

#StHelena #SeaConditions


18 April 2018

HE the Governor and Executive Council, together with members of the Prison Project Board will host a Public Meeting on Monday, 23 April 2018, at 7pm, at the Harford Community Centre to present the proposed site for the new Prison. The preferred site for the new Prison is the Goat Pen area in Bottom Woods, Longwood. The site has been pegged out and members of the public are welcome to view the site at their convenience.

The public, in particular, the residents in the Bottom Woods area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The layout of the proposed site as well as the Initial Environmental Assessment will be placed in the Foyer of Essex House, Longwood Supermarket and the Public Library for the public to view. Copies of these documents can also be accessed via the SHG website at the following link:

Anyone wishing to make any comment on the proposed site for the new Prison may do so in writing to the Secretary, Prison Project Board, Miss Nicole Plato at the Castle by no later than Monday, 7 May 2018, or via email:

Public consultation was previously held on the proposed Prison sites in November 2017 and you can now access the report from this consultation via the SHG website at the following link: A copy of the report is also available at the Public Library.

#StHelena #PublicConsultation #PrisonProject


18 April 2018

The public is advised that the following changes have been made to the St Helena Beat Surgeries’ schedule for April 2018. The new dates and times are:

Beat Surgeries – Dates & Times




Sunday, 22 April 5pm – 6pm Marcus Fowler’s Shop, Levelwood
Sunday, 22 April 6pm – 7pm Silver Hill Bar/The Flagg, Levelwood
Thursday, 26 April 6pm – 8pm V2 Paradise, Longwood

#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #CommunityEngagement #NeighbourhoodPolicing


18 April 2018

New Solicitor General for St Helena, Allen Cansick, recently arrived on-Island to take up his role in the Attorney General’s Chambers.

Allen has been appointed on a two-year contract. He will undertake work in all aspects of the Attorney General’s Chambers and deputise for the Attorney General when required.

Allen said:

“I am honoured to have been appointed Solicitor General.  I decided to take up this role due to its diverse and challenging nature. I was also persuaded by the opportunity to move with my family to such a friendly and fascinating Island. I hope to contribute to the achievements of the Island and its people over the next two years.”

Attorney General, Sara O’Donnell, added:

“The Attorney General’s Chambers is delighted to welcome Allen as the new Solicitor General.  Allen brings with him a wealth of experience as a criminal barrister having worked not only in England but also in Kosovo. He is a valuable addition to the team and I very much look forward to working with him. My team and I wish him every success in his new role.”

 Allen was called to the Bar in 2004 and practised as a Barrister in London. During the last five years Allen was seconded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office to the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, where he worked as a Special Prosecutor.

 #StHelena #SolicitorGeneral #NewAppointment


18 April 2018

Executive Council met today with three items on the Open Agenda.

Council considered and gave approval for the Liquor (Amendment) Bill to be printed, published and presented as Government business at the next session of Legislative Council.  This amendment was focused on the occasional licence which is issued to permit the sale of alcohol on the occasion of any entertainment or special occasion.  Council felt that this was important to remove bureaucracy and streamline the process.

The ExCo paper on amendments to the Marriage Regulations was withdrawn to allow further discussion on the level of fees to be charged.  It is anticipated that this paper will be presented to the next meeting of ExCo.

Executive Council then considered and approved the Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 and the Trade Marks (Fees) (Amendment) Rules 2018.  The fees for these Regulations and Rules had last been amended in 2009 and 2012 respectively. Council members were not prepared at this time to agree any changes to the fees in respect of Patents, as the Law Revision had amended the Patents (Registration) Ordinance 1927 and transferred the power to prescribe fees to the Registrar of Patents from the Governor in Council. The implications of this amendment would be reviewed.

The meeting closed at 12noon.


17 April 2018


St Helena Airport (HLE) will be holding a table-top exercise this Thursday, 19 April 2018, for all Airport and Island Emergency Services.

The exercise is needed to test emergency procedures related to an aircraft emergency and is one of a number of exercises that have to be carried out annually to meet the ASSI accreditation regulations for Airport operations.

This exercise will not affect any members of the public.

#StHelena #StHelenaAirport #TableTopExercise #ASSI

17 April 2018

St Helena Police have today, Tuesday 17 April 2018, launched a ‘Dog Campaign’.

The purpose of this campaign is to target offences such as dogs wandering on the highway without proper control, chasing vehicles, causing road traffic collisions, worrying domestic animals and biting, among other offences. It also aims to educate the public on these issues.

Residents across the Island have raised a number of concerns about dogs and the number of reports received is increasing.

Police will deal with offences committed and any dogs found wandering will be scanned and impounded. Additionally, any other offences relating to dogs will be dealt with and the owner of such dog could be subject to prosecution.

Police Inspector Julianne Benjamin said:

“The message to the public is to keep your dog under proper control. Allowing your dog to wander is a public safety concern, but we are also concerned for the safety of your dog.”

If dog owners are unsure about what offences they could be committing, they are encouraged to contact the Police on tel: 22626.

St Helena Police are dedicated to helping dog owners understand the repercussions and the dangers dogs pose to themselves and the public.

#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #DogCampaign

17 April 2018