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Protest over plans to scrap Guernsey's warning sirens

Protest march at Salerie Corner
The protesters walked from Salerie Corner to Sir Charles Frossard House

About 40 islanders turned out for a protest march opposing plans to scrap Guernsey's public warning sirens.

The Home Department announced last month that the sirens would be decommissioned because they were no longer fit for purpose.

In future, emergency information would continue to be broadcast through the media and additionally by text message.

Home Minister Geoff Mahy, who accepted the protesters' petition, promised to listen to their views.

He said he "respected their strong feelings", but reiterated that one of the sirens would be kept for ceremonial purposes.

Deputy Mahy said: "The advice we've received from the emergency chiefs is that they do not think that they would use them in an emergency scenario and so that's where we're coming from.

Geoff Mahy and Amie Gillott
Deputy Mahy accepted the petition on behalf of the States

"They don't have them in Jersey and they have been phased out in England."

Amie Gillott, who organised the march and petition, said she was disappointed that more people had not turned out.

The protesters marched from Salerie Corner to Sir Charles Frossard House to hand over the petition.

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