Among the most strongly guarded places in Jersey presently are the locations where undersea telegraph cables come ashore. One of these is at St Luke’s, where a cable from France lands near the Dicq. The Militia stationed there recently challenged and then detained a foreign-looking person who was seen acting suspiciously in the area.
The undersea cables connecting the Island to the south coast of England and to Normandy and Brittany have assumed a new importance in wartime. Accordingly the Militia have been under orders to closely guard all four cable landing points. The one at St Luke’s falls within the area of coast guarded by the 3rd (Town) Battalion, and the officer in charge of outpost duty detained the man.
Major Ogier reported that the man was seen loitering suspiciously in the area at around 11.15pm and when challenged claimed to be taking a stroll. It was not the first time he was seen in this location. Ogier also stated that the man was very ‘foreign-looking’ and ‘speaking with a foreign accent’.
The Militia took the suspect to Fort Regent so that he could be handed over to the civilian authorities for investigation.