MP voices concerns as police investigate their accusers

A “proper review” should be held into the way St Helena Police were allowed to investigate two social workers who had made whistle-blowing claims against them, a UK Member of Parliament has said. St Helena Government has denied that there was any possibility of “inappropriate influence”, even though officers would have appeared able to access […]

After a ‘terrifying’ year, whistle-blower talks of retribution

Martin Warsama is angry and he’s talking revenge. It was “terrifying”, he says, to find himself being investigated by the very police force he’d accused of corruption and covering up sex abuse on St Helena. “It’s been absolutely horrible. It’s been frightening. How can it be right for a police force to investigate the very people […]

Criminal investigation clears sex abuse whistle-blowers

An eight-month criminal investigation has failed to find evidence to justify a prosecution of former St Helena Government staff, including the social workers who raised the alarm about sex abuse on the island. Frank Wastell, who stood down as Attorney General in June 2014, was one of those suspended from duty when police inquiries began – although […]

Stunning island images – but not quite the whole picture

Some truly stunning pictures accompany a travel article urging tourists to seize a last chance to make the “iconic” voyage to Jamestown on the RMS St Helena. One panorama, looking across Bamboo Hedge to Lot and Lot’s Wife, presents an image of an exotic paradise (except, perhaps, for the farm buildings). The article is slightly […]

New home for ‘Tuna on Main’ restaurant – but where?

The widely-praised 2onMain restaurant in Jamestown is to move to a new home on St Helena – but its location has yet to be revealed. The restaurant, set up to train Saints in hospitality skills, has to leave its premises in one of Main Street’s finest Georgian buildings to make way for a new hotel. […]

Infants and old at risk as virus spreads through island

Large numbers of sick children on St Helena are reported to have been infected with a virus that can be serious for infants and old people. Many of those turning up at the hospital in Jamestown with the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) have come from the same creches or other busy environments. In the United […]

PICTURES: Airport control tower is kitted out

Contractors have begun installing equipment in the air traffic control tower at St Helena’s first airport. Officials and councillors were shown into the building as part of a tour on 13 February 2015, to view progress on the project. They also viewed the terminal building, including the first-floor restaurant area, and watched a paving machine […]

Net saving? Ascension no-fishing zone could cost £3m – or not

Creating one of the world’s biggest marine protection zones around Ascension Island could cost the UK about £3 million a year – at a Conservative estimate. The conservationist estimate, on the other hand, is only £400,000 a year. Click the pic to see a gallery of Ascension marine life Celebrities and academics have joined with […]

£180,000 raised in battle to save rare species

An appeal for money to save threatened species in UK overseas territories – including St Helena’s spiky yellow woodlouse – has raised three quarters of its £240,000 target. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds urges would-be donors to support “a team effort” with conservationists, governments and local people. When the appeal was launched, […]