POLICE APPEAL FOR INFORMATION

St Helena Police are currently appealing to the community for information in relation to a recent burglary at the home of Paul and Lindsay McGinnety in St Paul’s.

Detective Sergeant, David Honan, said:

“Recently, Paul and Lindsay McGinnety’s home in St Paul’s was burgled. Two watches were taken – a Hugo Boss watch and a distinctive watch celebrating a 1992 Ice Hockey tournament. I am asking for the help of the community, if you have any information as to who was responsible or where these watches are now, then I would ask you to come forward.

“Whilst conducting house-to-house enquiries in the area, I came across numerous houses where the occupants were out but windows and doors had been left open. It is a sad fact that people living amongst us will take advantage of our trusting nature to steal from us, so I remind all of you to please secure your homes.

“Recently, a man received a custodial sentence for a burglary at the Half Tree Hollow Community Centre. I endorse the message sent by the Courts that offences such as this cannot, and will not, be tolerated. If you commit burglary then you should expect to be imprisoned.”

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23 April 2018

At the end of March, the estimated number of persons on St Helena, residents plus visitors, was 4,713. The resident population, excluding visitors, was estimated to be 4,628. This is a very slight increase compared to the end of February 2018 and a 4% increase compared to the end of March 2017. The St Helenian resident population was estimated to stand at 4,276, this is a 2% increase from the previous month and a 4% increase compared to the end of March 2017.

The number of people on St Helena at the end of January 2018 was 4,901 – the highest number recorded for at least the last 10 years, according to new population estimates released by the Statistics Office today. The population of St Helena is usually higher around the Christmas period, but an additional factor this year was the overlap of the RMS St Helena and the scheduled air service between October and February. The number declined by over 200 in February, following the typical trend after Christmas, when visitors return back to their usual residence or off-shore employment.

Total on-Island population

Other estimates related to the population of St Helena are included in the latest Statistical Bulletin released by the Statistics Office today, including the number of births and deaths in the first quarter of 2018, and arrivals and departures in March. Detailed data can be accessed in Excel format from the ‘Population’ file on the St Helena Statistics website at: www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics-data.

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23 April 2018

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.”

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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.

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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: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/

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: nicole.plato@sainthelena.gov.sh.

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: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/. A copy of the report is also available at the Public Library.

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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

Date

Time

Venue

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

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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.

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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.

ExCo

17 April 2018