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Summary

  1. Events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry leaving the island for World War One begin today
  2. Tighter measures to prevent people from travelling overseas to take part in terrorist activities could be introduced in Jersey
  3. Jersey chief minister to meet with critics
  4. Fresh audit into safety of mobile phone masts in the Bailiwick
  5. Updates on Thursday 1 June 2017

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Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

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 BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30.

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

Weather: mainly dry overnight

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It will be mainly dry overnight across the islands with light winds and clear spells. However, cloud will increase and thicken from the northwest with some rain possible in the west by morning.

Jersey

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Offer free parking for electric cars, says head of power firm

Jersey Evening Post

Free parking for electric vehicles should be introduced in underused town car parks if the Island is serious about reducing its carbon emissions, the chief executive of Jersey Electricity has said.

Special broadcast for RGLI anniversary

The first of two special broadcasts is underway on BBC Radio Guernsey marking 100 years since Guernsey's World War One fighting force left for the front.

John Randall and military historian Chris Oliver are at the RGLI Museum at Castle Cornet.

On Sunday, we'll bring you live coverage of the military parade.

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New affordable homes scheme for Jersey

Jersey's Planning Committee has approved a planning application for 200 new affordable homes.

They are in St Clement at the old Samares Nursery site.

The homes will be for social rental and first time buyers.

The plans are for:

  • 20 one-bedroom social rented homes
  • 89 two-bedroom social rented homes
  • 51 three-bedroom social rented homes
  • 40 three-bedroom first time buyer homes

The approval followed a special briefing organised for the Planning Committee after it deferred a decision on the application at its last meeting, requesting more information.

RGLI anniversary: who were they?

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Men of RGLI gathered to spell out intials of regiment
Guernsey Museum

100 years ago today the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry left the island to fight in the First World War, but who were they?

  • 3,549 men served in the force
  • 2,430 were recruited in Guernsey
  • 2,280 served in France in the 1st Service Battalion

The regiment fought at infamous battles at Cambrai and Passchendale.

By the end of the conflict more than 40% of the RGLI were either killed or wounded.

You can find out more by visiting the RGLI Regimental Museum at Castle Cornet.

Staffing issues blamed for overspend

BBC Radio Guernsey

Recruitment issues and a high turnover of staff are being blamed for overtime costs of £600,000 within Guernsey law enforcement last year.

The figure, which is equivalent to more than £1,600 day, was revealed at a scrutiny committee hearing today at which the Home Affairs President Mary Lowe was asked to defend the overspend.

Scrutiny President Chris Green said Home Affairs had failed to demonstrate how it planned to tackle the problem.

There seems to be absolutely no clear consensus at the moment from speaking to Deputy Lowe about how they're going to save the money in 2018."

Deputy Chris GreenPresident, Scrutiny Management Committee

More cows on the 'moove'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

It looks like Guernsey's conservation herd aren't the only cows out and about today.

Jonathan captured a herd crossing the road in King's Mills earlier on his morning commute.

Happy World Milk Day!

Guernsey cows
Jonathan Guille

Doorman 'not guilty' of assaulting clubber at Jersey nightspot

Jersey Evening Post

A nightclub doorman who tripped a drunk clubber causing him to hit his head and possibly lose consciousness has been found not guilty of grave and criminal assault.

Overtime costs taxpayers £1,600-a-day

BBC Radio Guernsey

Overtime payments for law enforcement staff cost the Guernsey taxpayer £1,600 each day last year.

The £600,000 in overtime payments was revealed at a Scrutiny hearing today involving the Home Affairs Committee.

That's obviously an area we are dealing with, and trying to deal with, and will be resolved. It has to be resolved. We have to make sure we get staff in there and fully trained, and support those staff."

Deputy Mary LoweHome Affairs Minister

Herd mooving on

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

It might be World Milk Day but perhaps some of the biggest stars on Guernsey's bovine scene are not our famous milk producing females, but these chaps, who you'll spot at different locations around the island.

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Guernsey's Conservation Herd comprises of a small group of steers from dairy farms.

They graze on La Société Guernesiaise’s nature reserves and States-owned land to reduce the dominance of rough grasses and encourage wild flowers and insect populations.

This in turn can create habitats for small mammals, bats and birds.

Ride on the StreetVibe

BBC Radio Guernsey

Islanders are being given the chance to go aboard two of Guernsey's new StreetVibe buses tomorrow.

From 15:30 you'll be able to go on a tour aboard the new vehicles departing from the St Peter Port terminus.

The first of the dozen new narrower buses will enter service next week once drivers have completed familiarisation and route training.

The number of bus users hit a 20-year high earlier this year.

StreetVibe Bus
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End of above ground asbestos storage

BBC Radio Jersey

2,500 tonnes of asbestos collected since in Jersey for 20 years has been buried on the island's waterfront, marking an end to its storage above ground.

The buliding material was commonly used until it was discovered its dust can cause deadly lung conditions.

Asbestos was collected from old buildings and stored in shipping containers at La Collette.

All of those containers have now been emptied, and the asbestos inside packaged before being buried in a specially built cell designed to prevent leaks.

Asbestos sign
BBC

KGV’s Dorothy Langlois nature trail opens

Guernsey Press

Islanders can enjoy walking the Dorothy Langlois nature trail around the King George V playing fields, looking at the wildlife and viewing the developments on site.

Bailiff to mark RGLI departure

Jim Cathcart

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Bailiff Sir Richard Collas
BBC

Guernsey's Bailiff will join commemorations this weekend for the Bailiwick men who fought in the First World War.

A plaque for the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry - the island's first and only fighting force - will be unveiled in St Peter Port on Sunday at 14:00.

Sir Richard Collas will speak at a short service of memorial and dedication at the Town Church.

It is extraordinary to think these were scenes of excitement, these were men who were going off knowing that the chances were they weren't going to come back."

Sir Richard CollasGuernsey's Bailiff

Pencil to the ready for Jersey scorer

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

It's a real skill, which takes years of training.

Cricket scorers work closely with the umpires to record details of matches.

Jersey scorer Gina Kearns has been rewarded for years of diligent recording - being appointed to score two matches in the women's World Cup.

Gina Kearns
Gina Kearns

England host the tournament which begins on June 24.

She's been chosen to be in the scorebox for the match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka on the opening day of the tournament at Bristol's County Ground. Then she'll score the New Zealand versus Pakistan clash in Somerset.

Jersey Esplanade to close

BBC News Travel

You won't be able to drive along Jersey's Esplanade from 19:00 as the International Motor Festival gets under way.

There will be timed sprints along the sea front for classic cars.

Laybys one to four will be closed from 16:00 this afternoon to prepare for the event.

There will be other road closures throughout the weekend - keep up-to-date on BBC Radio Jersey.

Which plants are dangerous for pets?

Poison garden
BBC

Some plants can cause illness and even death among pets. But which species?

To help, a "poison garden" has been created in Guernsey to help pet owners identify problem plants.

Ginny Heaume's two cocker spaniels Macy and Tally died after eating a castor oil plant.

It's not an exhaustive list but Anne Wragg from St Andrew Floral Group said pet owners should avoid:

Rhododendrons

Azaleas

Begonias

There are certain species that are very bad for animals. We'd suggest that you need to put those at the back of your border, or maybe even consider an alternative."

Anne WraggSt Andrews Floral Group

Motion to remove the chief minister ‘days away’

Jersey Evening Post

The chief minister could soon be fighting to save his job, as a vote of no confidence in him is expected to be lodged by Tuesday – and it is claimed 15 to 20 backbenchers support the move.

Wing mirrors 'kicked off' vehicle

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seen to kick the wing mirrors off a vehicle which was parked on Albert Pier.

Police say it happened between 14:40 and 15:30 on 13 May, before the man left the area in a vehicle being driven by a woman.

Anybody with information is asked to contact police or Crimestoppers.

Guernsey archives celebrate international day

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Free tours will be on offer on 9 June to mark International Archives Day.

You'll be able to peek around behind the scenes of the 1874 deconsecrated St. Barnabas Church, at the top of Cornet Street, St. Peter Port.

Tours are available by appointment.

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Jersey chief minister to meet with critics

BBC Radio Jersey

Ian Gorst
BBC

Jersey's chief minister is hoping talks with those behind calls for him to resign will avoid a vote of no confidence in his leadership.

Backbenchers led by the Constable of St John are unhappy a debate on hospital funding was cancelled and are concerned Senator Philip Ozouf was reinstated as an assistant chief minister.

Senator Gorst hopes to meet Constable Chris Taylor next week.

Jersey anti-terror responsibility 'very serious'

BBC Radio Jersey

Deputy Kristina Moore
Kristina Moore

Jersey's home affairs minister said the island takes its role as a southern gateway to the UK "very seriously" when it comes to preventing terrorism.

The island's government wants to tighten its anti-terror laws to prevent it from being used as a gateway by people travelling abroad to fight for terrorist organisations, or to return after fighting or training overseas.

Deputy Kristina Moore said new laws would give local authorities greater power to prevent people from travelling.

Today we're lodging another law, and that also gives the powers to detain people's passport if they're suspected of leaving the British Isles for terrorism purposes, or entering."

Deputy Kristina MooreStates of Jersey

Co-op builds protection for an uncertain future

Guernsey Press

The Channel Islands Co-op continues to build a strong business to safeguard against whatever the future might hold, according to its chief executive.

'Poison garden' to save pets

BBC Radio Guernsey

A "poison garden" has been created in Guernsey to help people spot toxic plants that can cause illness and even death among pets.

Ginny Heaume's two cocker spaniels Macy and Tally died after eating a castor oil plant.

It was an awful, awful situation. Nearly two years on, it's still very upsetting."

Ginny Heaume

Pet owners in Guernsey have been urged to check the plants growing in their gardens.

To help identify them they can go to the joint garden project launched by the GSPCA and the St Andrews Floral Group.

Cocker Spaniel Dogs
Ginny Heaume

Police investigate 'altercation' outside Line Up

Jersey Evening Post

A man was shouted at, sworn at and ‘threatened’ during an altercation near a fast food kiosk in St Ouen’s Bay on Saturday.

Telcos should 'work together' on 5G

BBC Radio Guernsey

Competition regulator CICRA has encouraged Guernsey's three mobile phone networks to work more closely together with the advent of 5G.

The watchdog is undertaking a fresh audit into the safety of mobile phone masts in the Bailiwick, with each assessed against international guidelines for electromagnetic radiation emissions.

CICRA's Louise Read said sharing masts and transmitter sites will be a prominent part in future planning for mobile networks.

Thousands face tax fines

BBC Radio Jersey

Five-thousand Jersey taxpayers have missed a deadline to submit their tax returns.

They'll be fined £250 and expected to get their forms filled in and sent to the tax office.

The number is similar to last year, but those who have missed the deadline consistently over the last few years could face much larger fines in the Royal Court.

Social security contributions soar

Jersey Evening Post

The number of income support claimants in Jersey has fallen and social security contributions have soared as employment in the island has hit record levels, the Social Security Department has said.

No 'hot dogs' this summer

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police and animal welfare charity the GSPCA are warning about the fatal consequences of leaving dogs in vehicles on warm days.

Sergeant Laura Furby said you would not leave a child in a car in the hot sun, and the same applied to a dog.

If you do leave a dog in a car for a short period of time, she suggested using a device called a vent lock which allows air to circulate in from the boot of the car.

Dog in a car
BBC

Warm sunny spells today

BBC Weather

A rather cloudy and misty start for some, but the cloud will break to give some very warm sunny spells. However, some coastal areas may stay cool and misty.

Jersey:

Jersey weather forecast
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Guernsey:

Guernsey weather forecast
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Island Games officials saddened by Rhodes withdrawal

Jersey Evening Post

Rhodes have abandoned all hope of attending next month’s Island Games in Gotland due to continued financial woes.

Bailiwick blue skies

The weather has been so nice this morning, BBC Radio Guernsey's Jim Cathcart popped outside to present part of his breakfast show overlooking Belle Greve Bay.

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Guernsey harbour
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A little further along the Guernsey coast, the flowers are in bloom at St Pete Port Harbour - thanks to Georgia for this picture.

Trislander heading to aviation museum

BBC Radio Guernsey

Victor Tango - Aurigny's last operational Trislander - will go on display at Duxford Aviation Museum in Cambridgeshire.

It was the end of an era yesterday as it made the last ever commercial flight of a Trislander to the Bailiwick.

Victor Tango landed shortly after 16:00. It will stay at Guernsey Airport for about a week and then head on to Duxford, where it will be permanently displayed.

Trislander aircraft landing
BBC

Worker ‘forged signatures to claim for pay’

Jersey Evening Post

A Children's Services agency worker who falsified her managers’ signatures and claimed payment for shifts she did not work has been struck off following a tribunal hearing.

Attempts to prevent no confidence vote

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Jersey's Chief Minister Ian Gorst is planning to meet the leader of a group of backbench politicians calling for his resignation when he returns from holiday next week.

Leading them is St John Constable, Chris Taylor. Last year he stepped back from a vote of no confidence over a failed health charge, but this time a number of events have prompted him to act. He and others don't accept the chief minister's interpretation of a report into the Jersey Innovation Fund.

Nor are they happy about the pulling of the hospital funding debate. But what pushed Constable Taylor to say he was going ahead this time was the reinstatement of Senator Philip Ozouf as an Assistant Chief Minister.

Jersey considers terrorism measures

Naomi Dunning

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

Tighter measures to prevent people from travelling overseas to take part in terrorist activities could be introduced in Jersey.

The States is considering whether parts of a UK anti-terror law should come into effect in the wake of terror attacks and British citizens travelling abroad to fight for the Islamic State group.

The UK has tightened its laws, giving authorities greater powers to detain those travelling to or returning from conflict zones where it was suspected they had engaged in terrorist activities or fought in places such as Syria and Iraq.

Now those powers could be available to police officers and immigration officials in Jersey, if agreed.

Guernsey marks WW1 centenary

BBC Radio Guernsey

Events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry leaving Guernsey for World War One begin today.

The RGLI was a regiment in the British Army formed to fight in the conflict. More than 3,000 Guernsey men served in France and Belgium during World War One; a staggering number for an island only 25 square miles.

At 19:00 today, a cannon will fire at Castle Cornet and the bells of the Town Church will ring to mark the hour troops left the harbour of SS Lydia on 1 June 1917.

On Sunday a military parade will go through St Peter Port, and a French navy vessel will be in the Little Russell with a unit of sailors joining a marching contingent and band of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, plus local cadets, ex-service personnel and school children, marching from Fort George to the White Rock.

Guernsey WW1 re-enactment
BBC

News, sport, weather and travel for Thursday

Good morning! Welcome to BBC Local Live across the Channel Islands.

We'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the day.

Don't forget to send in any comments, questions or photos.

This is a lovely photo from Georgie Lou of Guernsey's L'Ancresse Bay. Like me, she's an early riser!

L'Ancresse beach, Guernsey
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