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Summary

  1. Fire at La Collette lubrication store
  2. Body recovered from sea south west of Hanois Lighthouse
  3. Row over evictions in Jersey's Havre des Pas flats
  4. Polish knifeman jailed for Jersey shop robbery
  5. Jersey taxi drivers on strike
  6. Jersey bird flu restrictions lifted
  7. Reform of Guernsey's secondary education system 'a top priority'
  8. Updates on Thursday 25 May 2017

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Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget Spotlight for the Channel Islands on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Jersey actor takes to the stage as Draco Malfoy

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey actor James Howard had his first performance as Draco Malfoy in the West End production of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last night.

The actor, formerly known as James Hunt, has been performing in the multi-award winning play since it opened, but in smaller roles.

In March, it was announced he would take up the role of the adult Draco and last night Mr Hunt took to the stage at London Palace Theatre with the characte's trademark white hair and wand.

The play is set 19 years after the last Harry Potter novel.

Latest weather: Staying dry and very warm on Friday

BBC Weather

It will be a fine evening with plenty of late, warm sunshine on offer. A dry night will then follow with clear skies across most areas. It will be a mild night and rather humid for all. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

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Friday will be dry, sunny and very warm again. The sunshine may become a little hazy later in the west as high cloud spreads in. Maximum Temperature: 28C (82F).

Personal debt of Guernsey residents rising

BBC Radio Guernsey

A lack of understanding of terms and conditions means debt is rises among islanders, the manager of Citizens Advice Guernsey believes.

The group's annual report identifies personal debt as a growing issue, with it being aware of accumulated debts of all types totaling £5.5m last year.

Manager Kate Raleigh said people don't have an understanding of financial terms and conditions.

Balance sheet
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People are clearly not understanding the agreements which they've taken out. They think they've borrowed £10,000 and they don't understand that almost the second you've signed it you're actually agreeing you're going to repay £14,000-£15,000.

Kate RaleighManager, Citizens Advice Guernsey

Bird flu restrictions lifted

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Measures to reduce the risk of bird flu on Jersey have largely been lifted, it's been announced.

The States Vet said poultry gatherings were to be allowed again, such as bird shows.

The requirement for individual licences for poultry importations is expected to be lifted next month.

Measures to combat the disease were lifted in the UK recently, except where there have been recent outbreaks.

French coastguard alerted authorities to body in water

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's harbour authorities were alerted to a body in the sea after the French coastguard passed on a report from a French yachtsman.

Assistant Harbour Master Jerome Davis said the alert came in just before 09:00.

Mr Davis said Channel Islands Air Search found the body about 8.8 nautical miles south west from Hanois Lighthouse and a lifeboat was then directed to the area.

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Channel Islands Air Search
Flares were dropped out of the air search plane to direct the lifeboat crew to the body

He said they called in air search "as the body was expected to be lying in the water [and] it'd be far easier for a plane to spot it than on sea level on the lifeboat".

Police officers helped recover the body and are investigating.

University plans to be considered by sub-committee

BBC Radio Guernsey

The viability of a university in Guernsey is to be considered by the States as part of its policy and resource plan.

Deputies first asked the States to look at the business case for a Channel Islands University in 2013, but, to date, no plans have been submitted.

The current proposal will consider "an international university presence in Guernsey" only, rather than a pan-island model, according to Deputy Charles Parkinson, who chairs a sub-committee for Policy and Resources Committee.

If we're given the resources to take the work further, we will take the work further. The conclusion might be that this can't work. If the conclusion is it can work, we're a sub-committee of Policy and Resources, and it will be for them to decide whether they take a policy through to the Assembly."

Deputy Charles Parkinson

La Colette fire: Roads closed during blaze reopening

BBC Radio Jersey

Most roads into and out of La Colette which were closed while emergency services dealt with a fire have now re-opened.

Twenty-five firefighters used foam jets to tackle the fire, which caused the evacuation of the power station and bus depot.

An investigation looking into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

La Colette fire
BBC

World largest investment fund up and running

BBC Radio Jersey

The world's largest investment fund is now running and able to make investments from Jersey.

In March, it was announced in March the £70m ($91m) Vision Fund run by Japanese firm SoftBank was coming to the island.

It will use investors' money to buy up and develop new technology.

Potential runway extension 'could be part-funded by private sector'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A long time advocate of extending Guernsey Airport's runway has said the project does not need to be funded completely by the States.

Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher said a public-private partnership could be used to finance the extension, which aimed to allow Airbus aircraft to fly fully laden into Guernsey.

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BBC

There are lots of opportunities to obtain private finance for a capital project. It seems to be the flavour of the month for many investment circles. There's lots of money out there looking for a home.

Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher

Emails reveal States members’ thoughts after Brexit

Jersey Evening Post

With an apparent split in the Council of Ministers becoming evident, divisions among ministers over the government’s media strategy following last year’s EU referendum have been revealed.

Lack of notice of taxi driver lightning strike 'disrespectful to public'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Minister for Infrastructure has called today's taxi driver strike "disrespectful", and says he is unsure how long the strike will last.

Drivers decided to strike after they said new terms imposed on them by the States of Jersey were unfair, in that they failed to regulate all drivers in the same way.

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I am really disappointed that the rank taxis have decided to withdraw their services today. I am particularly disappointed that they have done this with so little respect to the public by having given them no notice of their actions and, therefore, no opportunity to make other arrangements for what could be essential travel. Like the rest of the public, I first heard of this through the media and I don’t know how long it is expected to last.

Deputy Eddie NoelMinister for Infrastructure, States of Jersey

Fire crews have left La Collette

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

All hot spots at the La Collette fire have been extinguished, says Jersey Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters have left the scene and the building handed back to its operator.

An investigation into the cause is ongoing.

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Renewable energy ‘should be no-brainer for firms...’

Guernsey Press

Introducing renewable energy systems should be a ‘no-brainer’ for local businesses, but they have been made ‘financially unviable’ to run, a hotelier has claimed.

La Collette fire out, but crews dealing with 'hot spots'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The fire at La Collette is out, but crews continue to tackle "hot spots" within the building.

They are removing cladding to extinguish the spots.

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BBC

Earlier, the service declared a Fire Code Amber calling in off-duty firefighter to provide support at the incident.

Crews are using five foam jets to tackle the blaze at a lubrication store.

Alderney Nunnery £280k renovation approved

Rob England

BBC News Online

States members in Alderney agreed a grant of £280,000 to renovate a house within the boundaries of a historical site.

Some members protested, suggesting the money should be put towards the island's swimming pool, but the funding was passed by six votes to four.

The property is located in the site known as the Nunnery, the history of which dates back to the later Roman period.

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Alice Monaghan

Taxi drivers 'making a stand against railroaded reforms'

BBC Radio Jersey

Mick Tostevin, chairman of Jersey Taxi Drivers' Association, has said strike action called today was an example of drivers "making a stand" against reforms they felt were imposed on them during negotiations with the States.

Minister for Infrastructure Eddie Noel called the strike "disrespectful" and "disappointing", saying that there would be no more negotiations on the issues of the new rules coming into place on 1 July.

Mr Tostevin said the association will hold a meeting to decide their reaction to the minister's statement.

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BBC

We feel it's being railroaded through to a certain extent because we were still in negotiations with some of the important issues. We feel that the minister has decided that the negotiations are over and that he's just going to push this out to the drivers and to the public.

Mick TostevinChairman, Jersey Taxi Drivers' Association

Tidal energy firm says Alderney report 'misleading' and 'inaccurate'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A spokesman for Alderney Renewable Energy (ARE), which develops tidal wave energy, has responded to a report submitted at the States of Alderney meeting last night.

In a statement, the company said it was "disappointed to hear the report given by Mr Dent at yesterday's States meeting".

It continued: "We do not recognise many of the claims put forward in the report which were inaccurate and misleading.

"ARE looks forward to working closely with the States of Alderney and its advisors, as we progress with our plans for tidal development in Alderney's waters."

$93 billion investment fund based in Jersey

Jersey Evening Post

The world’s largest ever investment fund – worth $93 billion and backed by tech firm Apple – will be based in Jersey, the finance firm managing it has confirmed.

Jersey taxi drivers' strike: Extra bus services made available

BBC Radio Jersey

Extra bus services have been laid on as part of States efforts to "alleviate any disruption" of the taxi drivers' strike.

Drivers decided to strike after they said new terms imposed on them by the States of Jersey were unfair, in that they failed to regulate all drivers in the same way.

The infrastructure minister said drivers' demands in previous negotiations were "far too high."

As well as extra buses, private taxis are being allowed to use the airport and harbour ranks to pick up passengers, and States staff have been posted at the ports to offer advice to travellers.

Victory sees Watson one match away from French Open

BBC Sport

Guernsey's Heather Watson is one match away from qualifying for the French Open after beating Tereza Smitkova in Paris.

Heather Watson
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The British number two trailed 4-1 in the second set and was then broken serving for the match, but recovered to win 6-4 7-6 (7/3).

In the final qualifying round on Friday, Watson will take on fourth seed Richel Hogenkamp.

The Dutchwoman won their only previous meeting in the first round of the US Open last year and is ranked 13 places higher than Watson at 105.

The 25-year-old has qualified successfully three times in the past and reached the second round on five previous occasions.

La Collette fire: More pictures from the scene

Rob England

BBC News Online

Fire fighters at the back of PDJ limited (ESSO distributors) at La Colette
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Terror threat: Jersey police to be more visible

Jersey Evening Post

Police officers in St Helier and firearms officers at the Airport will have increased ‘visibility’ following the UK’s decision to raise its terror threat level to ‘critical’ after the Manchester Arena suicide bombing.

Drug traffickers jailed at Royal Court

Julie Flanagan

BBC Channel Islands News

Three men have been sentenced at Jersey's Royal Court after pleading guilty to a number of drugs offences and money laundering.

Darryn Rae (pictured left), 52, from the UK, received four years in prison. Antonio Spinola (pictured top right), 35, from La Chasse Court, St Helier received three years and nine months, and 65-year-old Michael Palmer (pictured bottom right), of Sunshine Avenue, St Saviour, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years.

Darryn Rae (pictured left), Antonio Spinola (pictured top right), Michael Palmer (pictured bottom right)
States of Jersey Police

The court heard the offences all happened while Rae and Spinola were both under police surveillance last year. Officers saw Rae depositing cash in two separate bank accounts while on the island.

When officers searched Spinola's flat, they found cannabis resin, MDMA tablets, a cash counting machine, a suitcase with £30,000 cash and more than £35,000 in a safe.

During the search, Palmer arrived looking for Spinola. Officers found cash in his car and more cash and cannabis resin in his flat.

Rae's defence advocate said he'd had borrowed money to set up his own business and was pressed into the activity to repay the debt.

He claimed to be at the lower end of the hierarchy and, at the time of his arrest, was "physically, mentally and financially broke".

Body recovered from sea off Guernsey's south west coast

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A body has been found about 8.8 nautical miles south west of Les Hanois Lighthouse.

The emergency services were alerted just before 09:00 by a yachtsman, who spotted the body in the water.

The Guernsey Coastguard coordinated the search with the Channel Islands Air Search locating the body at 10:22. Police officers and RNLI lifeboat crew aboard the Spirit of Guernsey brought it ashore by 12:20.

A spokeswoman said no further information is available regarding the identity of the body and police investigations are ongoing.

A look at the weather: Staying hot and sunny

BBC Weather

The islands are continuing to have a dry and very warm day and have seen copious sunshine from the start.

It will be a hot afternoon with a warm easterly breeze will blow in off the French coast.

Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).

In Jersey:

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And in Guernsey:

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Taxi ranks 're-designated' after driver strike

Rob England

BBC News Online

Private cabs have been allowed in to the public taxi rank at Jersey airport and harbour.

Drivers are currently on strike over a dispute in new tariff conditions, and fare increases.

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La Collette fire reportedly contained and area opening up to traffic

Rob England

BBC News Online

The fire at a lubrication store in La Collette looks to be largely contained, according to our reporter on the ground, Chris Rayner.

Police have confirmed that roads in the area are re-opening to traffic.

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The fire service is wrapping up now, but the area is still locked down. Staff at Jersey Electricity Company have returned to work.

Chris RaynerReporter, BBC Radio Jersey
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Watch: The scene at La Collette

Rob England

BBC News Online

The scene of the fire at La Collette, reported to have started at the PDJ limited offices

La Collette fire in 'lubrication store'; off-duty crews called in

Rob England

BBC News Online

Twenty-five firefighters have been called to a fire at a lubrication store, Jersey Fire and Rescue have said.

Crews are using five foam jets to tackle the blaze.

Fire Code Amber has been declared, calling in off-duty firefighters to provide support at the incident.

According to staff on the scene from the fuel company Rubis, the fire started at the Esso office, in their lubricating oil store.

Emergency services have yet to officially name a location for the fire, or confirm any damages or injuries caused.

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La Collette fire: Traffic advice

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police have issued advice to avoid the underpass, which is in gridlock after a fire began at a the offices PDJ Ltd, who distribute Esso fuel in Jersey.

Multiple fire engines are at the scene along with other emergency services.

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Flames 'licking the roof' of office building

Rob England

BBC News Online

Staff are reported to be heading back into the fuel from waste plant at La Collette.

The fire is still reported to be ongoing by our reporter at the scene.

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There are flames licking the roof of an office building in La Collette. A while ago, staff at the power station went back in to work.

Chris RaynerReporter, BBC Radio Jersey

Fire fighters attending office near fuel farm

Rob England

BBC News Online

Our reporter Chris Rayner is at the scene of a fire at La Collette.

Crews are reported to be at offices next to the fuel farm.

Emergency services have yet to confirm whether there have been any injuries, or serious property damage as a result of the incident.

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States of Jersey and Guernsey to observe one minute silence at 11:00

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Bailiff's chambers of both the States of Jersey and Guernsey have asked that a minutes silence be observed at 11:00, in line with the UK, as a mark of respect for those killed in the terrorist attack in Manchester this week.

Flags on states buildings across both islands will also remain at half-mast.

Ministers say 'no more negotiations' with taxi drivers

BBC Radio Jersey

Ministers have said there will be no more negotiations with Jersey taxi drivers despite them going on strike today.

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The drivers are unhappy at a pay deal which they say was imposed on them by Deputy Eddie Noel and the chief minister.

They say the deal of a 4.6% fare increase is not enough, and ministers have not listened to them.

Deputy Noel, Minister for Infrastructure, said they have already spent too long in discussions, and the drivers demands were "far too high".

He said they will not negotiate any longer, and drivers will have to put up with the deal.

Although, he added that his door was "always open" if drivers wanted to talk.

La Collette fire possibly 'in fuel farm area'

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Emergency services are dealing with a fire at La Collette.

At the moment, there's still lots of white and brown smoke emerging from the fuel farm area of the energy from waste plant. Staff are being evacuated toward exit at Havre des Pas.

There is quite a lot of black smoke coming from the area. About 20 minutes ago we heard lots of sirens, and there are emergency services on the scene.

There is plenty of smoke coming from the fuel farm area.

La Collette fire: In pictures

Rob England

BBC News Online

Emergency services are en route to a fire at La Collette, police have confirmed.

The source of the fire is unknown at this time.

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BreakingPolice confirm reports of fire at La Collette

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police have confirmed there is a fire currently under way at the La Collette area.

Emergency services are currently en route.

More updates to follow.

Island Games 2017: David Turner chosen as Jersey's flag-bearer

BBC Radio Jersey

Shooter David Turner has been named as Jersey's flag-bearer for next month's Island Games, as he prepares to compete in the event for the tenth time in a row.

David Turner in BBC studio
BBC

The 43-year-old information technology analyst made his Games debut in 1999.

He'll be hoping to add to the 13 medals he's won so far, and will carry the flag at the opening ceremony in Gotland on Saturday 24 June.

Meanwhile, young gymnasts Elisha Stott, 12 and 13-year-old Anushan Elanco have been chosen as Jersey's water carriers for the ceremony.

Minister 'disappointed' by taxi driver strike

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey's minister for infrastructure, Eddie Noel, says he is "disappointed" with the actions taken by taxi drivers this morning, who have chosen to go on strike.

He said: "I want the taxi service to work with us in the same way as the bus service.

"The way people engage and buy services is changing. We're seeing modernisation with the way people access services."

Deputy Noel said that, since talks began in 2015, taxi drivers had been "reluctant" to embrace changes, including the adoption of taxi apps and changes to the tariff system, which he said was "too complicated" for the public.