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Summary

  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Teen charged with two counts of indecent assault
  3. St Helier Lifeboat Station back in action after UK crew brought in
  4. Jersey Action Group a 'political force not a political party'
  5. Jersey fire service rescues two women and a dog from rocks
  6. Deputy proposes tax relief for smaller vehicles in Guernsey
  7. Lick of paint for the oldest post box in Britain

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By Rob England

All times stated are UK

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Our coverage across the Channel Islands

That's all from us for today. We'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport tomorrow from 08:00.

Don't forget  BBC Channel Islands News  on BBC One later.

There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Alderney's 'known unknowns'

No one can plan for the unknown - well the unknown unknowns anyway...

Alderney's Economic Development Plan highlights some of the know unknowns the island will have to face in the coming years:

  • The impact of Brexit on Alderney's relationships with its neighbours
  • Completion or abandonment of the FAB (France, Alderney and Britain) link
  • Whether tidal energy plans for the island materialise
  • Competition and regulatory changes impacting the island's e-gaming industry

Geocaching could attract visitors to Guernsey says enthusiast

BBC Radio Guernsey

The hobby, which involves using a smart phone or GPS to find hidden boxes, is being promoted as part of the Channel Islands Heritage Festival, which began in Guernsey on Saturday. 

Local geocacher Chris Meinke said the phenomenon is popular for visitors, and can help attract people to the Bailiwick.

If you follow the logs you can see who's been to which caches, and every time a cruise liner comes in you see a flurry of activity where the first thing they've done is find the caches around the town and around the harbour.

Chris Meinke
Geocaching
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Higher Education Fair 2018 'could be pushed back by a month'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The annual Higher Education Fair, which usually runs in March, could be pushed back by a month in 2018 to avoid "disruptive weather", a Careers Jersey spokesperson has said.

The fair went ahead in March this year - its 25th anniversary - with about 1,000 people visiting 52 exhibitors in the Hotel de France.

Jeremy Field from Careers Jersey, said: "The stormy weather conditions on the day certainly made it a memorable event for some of our representatives, such as Northbrook College, who had to charter a fishing vessel from Guernsey just get to Jersey, due to flights and ferries not running." 

Action Group a 'good thing' says scrutiny committee chair

Rob England

BBC News Online

The chairman of the economic affairs panel has said the formation of a new "political force" could be a good thing for the States.

The Jersey Action Group (JAG), formerly the St. Helier Waterfront Action Group, said it wanted to be "an incubator for political ideas and we intend to assist and aid the development and preparation of political candidates for the May 2018 elections". 

Deputy Simon Bree said: "Any group that wants to sensibly engage with politicians and politics is a good thing."

He added that he found from the last election that most people "didn't engage" with politics, and that he hopes the group will be able to bring out more political discussion.

He also said that he hoped the party would not become politically biased "one way or the other". 

Transport top of the agenda in Alderney economic plan

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

It's no surprise that transport is the first item on Alderney's Economic Development Plan with a runway upgrade, working with Aurigny and Air Alderney on air links and the future of ferry services all in the mix.

Braye Harbour
Ben Chapple

A move to widening and rehabilitation of the 877m main runway is due to be decided on by Policy and Finance this month.

The aspiration for the States of Alderney to eventually own an airline is also mentioned as well as moves to replace the memorandum of understanding signed with Aurigny and the States of Guernsey with a public service obligation.

On the sea a tender will go out this year for an operator to start next year offering freight and passenger services.

Saffery Guernsey Pathers 'delighted' by automatic promotion

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

The Saffery Guernsey Panthers have received confirmation last night that they are to be promoted to Division Two of the South Regional Netball League.

The team were automatically promoted due to the Sussex NRG Pumas having to withdraw from the division play-offs.

A little bit of good luck at last, mixed with the girls’ hard work and consistency has given them the promotion they deserve. I have watched many Division Two games and I can’t see any reason why Saffery Guernsey Panthers will not now continue on from strength to strength. It is totally what the squad deserve."

Tracie Hards Coach, Saffery Guernsey Panthers

Bowel cancer: 'I was unaware any of it was a problem'

BBC Radio Jersey

In Jersey around 60 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year, with around 20 people losing their lives to this potentially preventable disease. 

Doctors in Jersey are encouraging people to visit their GP for bowel cancer screening tests.

John De Gruchy was 59 when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 and is now in recovery.  

He said before noticing blood in his stool he was completely unaware there was a problem.

I was unaware that any of it was any problem, I felt absolutely fine, I didn't notice a thing. After the tests I was taken to a private room and told, you've got bowel cancer. It was like being hit by a freight train, my head was spinning. The tests only take about 15-20 minutes, there's no pain, no problems.

John De Gruchy

Jersey Action Group a 'political force not a political party'

BBC Radio Jersey

A group who has campaigned against the development of Jersey's Finance Centre is broadening its focus to look at island-wide issues. 

The Jersey Waterfront Action Group has changed its name to the Jersey Action Group, and has said it wants to become a "political force" in Jersey to address wider issues such as tax and discontent with the current government.

A number of those involved are previous States members and say they are going to help people stand in the May 2018 elections. 

We are more like a political pressure group, a political forum or even a coalition of like minded people who feel they want to do something about what's happening in Jersey right now."

Sean PowerChairman, Jersey Action Group

States thanks residents of La Route de la Trinité after roadworks

Rob England

BBC News Online

La Route de la Trinite
States of Jersey

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has completed the resurfacing on La Route de la Trinité, a States spokesperson said.

The road fully opened on Friday.

The project took longer than expected due to "additional work encountered", bosses said.

The DfI said: "We would like to thank the residents and businesses who were affected by the work and the diversion routes, and also Trinity Primary School pupils, parents and teachers."

Alderney economic plan 'vulnerable' to 'unknowns' says finance chair

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Chairman of Alderney's Policy and Finance Committee, James Dent, said the government had "acknowledged" that their latest economic plans for the island were "vulnerable" to unknowns such as Brexit and changes in key markets such as the e-gaming industry.  

The plans for the growth and development of Alderney's economy identifies key areas where the government wishes to develop, such as transport links, digital connectivity and increasing the working age population.

Alderney
BBC

Deputy proposes tax relief for smaller vehicles in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

The deputy who's started a campaign to deter motorists from pavement surfing says re-introducing motor tax, with incentives for drivers with smaller vehicles, could help reduce the problem. 

A recent operation by Guernsey Police resulted in two drivers being issued with fixed penalty notices and another six being cautioned. 

Deputy Peter Roffey says introducing a tax for large people carriers could entice people to buy smaller cars, which are easier to use on Guernsey's narrow roads.

Teen charged with two counts of indecent assault

Rob England

BBC News Online

A teenager accused of sexually assaulting two women in Jersey on Friday has appeared before Jersey's Magistrates Court. 

The 16-year-old has been charged with two counts of indecent assault. 

The boy appeared with his father and a duty advocate before Magistrate Peter Harris. 

He was charged with sexually assaulting a woman near the Sugar Basin slipway in St Brelade on Friday. 

Later the same day he allegedly made a similar assault on another woman in the gardens of Jardins de la Mer in St Helier. 

The teenager remains in custody at Greenfields until his next appearance tomorrow. 

Jersey Marathon entries 'up on previous year'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Runners from as far afield as Trinidad, Tobago and Malaysia have signed up for the island's annual marathon.

Organisers said entries were up on 2016. This year the marathon is supporting the charities Macmillan Jersey and Seeing is Believing.

It will take place on Sunday 1 October.

Doctor encourages bowel cancer screening tests

BBC Radio Jersey

Islanders who go for bowel cancer screening could reduce their chance of getting the disease by 45%.

Dr Moses Duku, consultant gastroenterologist at Jersey's General Hospital said the screening programme in Jersey is even more successful than the UK.

He said, if bowel cancer is identified early, there is a 90% chance of it being cured.

The technique we use here in Jersey has a better reduction in mortality, and also has a better reduction in the number of new cases of bowel cancer, according to the research that's been done."

Dr Moses Duku
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Petition to reinstate RNLI coxswain gains nearly 1,800 signatures in 18 hours

Rob England

BBC News Online

A petition set up to reinstate Andy Hibbs, who was the coxswain of the St Helier RNLI lifeboat, has gained nearly 1,800 signatures in 18 hours.

Andy Hibbs
BBC

The page says the petition will be delivered to the States of Jersey and the RNLI.

The lifeboat returned to service today after the arrival of a relief crew from the UK.

Width tax on vehicles could help cut 'pavement surfing' says deputy

BBC Radio Guernsey

A deputy in Guernsey has called for a tax on larger vehicles to cut down on the number of cars having to drive on pavements.

Deputy Peter Roffey said he wants to change taxation on motorists to "encourage" drivers to choose smaller cars.

Car on a pavement
BBC

Guernsey needs to be looking at its tax structure, not to tax motorists more than they are at the moment, but maybe to change the emphasis so that it encourages, doesn't force, motorists to select the narrowest car that's practical for them."

Deputy Peter Roffey

Meet the postman delivering kindness on the doorstep

Could postal workers help solve the social care crisis?

Alderney to travel to Island Games with new kit

Rob England

BBC News Online

Alderney will travel to the Island Games in Gotland with a new kit, the club has announced.

The team received a cheque for £700 from Alderney's 41 Club.

Alderney FC
Alderney FC

The island has really got behind us and this is a great piece of sponsorship which is really appreciated by the players and the management"

Alan AdamsonAlderney Football Club coach

RNLI row to be discussed with lieutenant governor

BBC Radio Jersey

At a protest on Sunday, held after 25 volunteer crew members from the St Helier RNLI station resigned , Jersey's assistant chief minister said he would discuss the issue with the island's new lieutenant governor.

Senator Paul Routier says Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton may have some sway with the charity.

RNLI boat in St Helier
BBC

It is my understanding that he has some influence in these matters and hopefully it'll be from him to use his influence where he possibly can."

Senator Paul Routier Assistant Chief Minister, Jersey

An RNLI crew from the UK  has been brought over to cover the St Helier Lifeboat Station , the charity has said.       

Guernsey Panthers promoted in South Regional Netball League

BBC Sport

The Saffery Guernsey Panthers received confirmation last night that they are to be promoted to Division Two of the South Regional Netball League, the club said.

They had played in Division Three for four seasons, finishing third in all but one of them.

They took the third spot again this season, and were looking forward to playing in the play offs in May with a very good chance of promotion, but they have been automatically promoted.

The automatic promotion was due to another team pulling out as they were unable to field a team for the play offs.

Guernsey Police mark funeral of PC Keith Palmer

PC Keith Palmer
PA

The funeral of PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in the Westminster attack, will take place in London's Southwark Cathedral later.

PC Palmer was guarding the Houses of Parliament when he was stabbed by Khalid Masood on 22 March. He will have a full police funeral.

Thousands of officers will line the route as his coffin is taken from a chapel at the Palace of Westminster.

His body has been lying in rest there by special permission of the Queen.

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Guernsey FC future still in the balance after Horsham defeat

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC were beaten 3-2 by mid-table Horsham at Footes Lane. The Greens Lions still haven’t quite done enough to secure their survival in the division.

They went into the game knowing a win would guarantee they avoided relegation from Ryman League Division One South.

Dom Heaume put Guernsey ahead early on, but the visitors led 3-1 before Ross Allen’s late consolation strike.

Sam Cochrane was sent off for as second yellow card. 

Elsewhere, Chatham Town’s win means GFC must wait at least another week to guarantee safety.

Deputy calls for local RNLI crew to be reinstated

BBC Radio Jersey

At a protest on Sunday, Assistant Chief Minister Paul Routier, representing Senator Ian Gorst, came out in support of the local crew who resigned after their coxswain Andy Hibbs was sacked.

Senator Routier said he hoped the RNLI would "see sense".

It's a matter of banging people's heads together, hopefully the RNLI will see the sense of ensuring that we get our local crew, who have all the expertise of the knowledge of our island waters. We can't do away with that expertise on a whim."

Senator Paul Routier Assistant Chief Minister, Jersey

Nine Guernsey athletes to compete in Commonwealth Youth Games

BBC Sport

Nine Guernsey athletes will be among 1,000 competing in the sixth Commonwealth Youth Games, which is being held in Nassau, Bahamas.

Final selected team:

  • Athletics -   Alastair Chalmers, Sophie Porter, Indi Gallagher
  • Cycling - Sam Culverwell, Alex Van Katwyk
  • Swimming - Tatiana Tostevin, Laura Le Cras, Orla Rabey
  • Tennis - Tom Turner

The island's first gold in the Commonwealth Youth Games was won by Heather Watson in Pune, India, in 2008 .

Its second was also in tennis with Jack and Brent Oldfield winning the boys doubles in Apia , Samoa, in 2015.

Lick of paint for the oldest post box in Britain

BBC Radio Guernsey

The oldest working post box in Britain is being repainted. 

The box in Union Street was cast in Jersey and put in place in St Peter Port in February 1853. 

As it's a protected monument, Dawn Gallienne from Guernsey Post said it had to apply for planning permission to repaint it in its existing maroon colour.

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Protest held over sacking of RNLI lifeboat coxswain

Rob England

BBC News Online

protest
BBC

Hundreds of people gathered in protest at the St Helier Lifeboat Station over the sacking of Jersey's volunteer RNLI lifeboat coxswain. 

The charity said the decision to remove Andy Hibbs was made due to a "serious risk to its ability to run a safe and effective lifesaving service". 

Mr Hibbs denies the RNLI's claim he broke the Volunteers' Code of Conduct. 

The protest was organised by one of the 25 volunteer crew who all stood down in a show of support for their coxswain. 

An RNLI crew from the UK has been brought over to cover the St Helier Lifeboat Station , the charity has said.     

Weather across the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

A chilly start today with some mist patches. 

It should be staying dry throughout the day with sunny spells. 

However, feeling much cooler compared to yesterday, with a light north-westerly wind. 

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

In Jersey:

weather
BBC

And in Guernsey:

weather
BBC

Deputy proposes tax relief for smaller vehicles in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

The deputy who's started a campaign to deter motorists from pavement surfing says re-introducing motor tax, with incentives for drivers with smaller vehicles, could help reduce the problem. 

A recent operation by Guernsey Police resulted in two drivers being issued with fixed penalty notices and another six being cautioned. 

Deputy Peter Roffey says introducing a tax for large people carriers could entice people to buy smaller cars, which are easier to use on Guernsey's narrow roads.