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  1. Labourer cleared of rape charge and sex assault
  2. Drone 'crashed' at airport as police warn users to stay away
  3. Chief minister no confidence vote to be held on 20 June
  4. Alderney sports centre 'needs £200k to open'
  5. Controlled explosion in Lihou after WW2 shell found
  6. Jersey and Guernsey ministers sign international treaty
  7. Police hold training exercises around Guernsey today
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on 9 June

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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.

Some showers but largely dry overnight

BBC Weather

There may be a few showers at times this evening and overnight, although it will be a largely mild and dry night overall.

However, there will also be some showers which may become more frequent in the early hours.


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No update on Sark Registry

BBC Radio Guernsey

Both Sark's government and the Guernsey Financial Services Commission have previously issued advice in relation to a company registry, established in Sark.

However, since posting on their respective websites last month, both have declined to add anything further.

Founder of the Sark Company Registry Dr Stanislovas Tomas said that "there is no law" which prohibits his non-profit organisation from existing.

He wants to use the registry to attract international business to the island, but critics say it's not possible given the lack of company legislation.

Guernsey Police have confirmed there is "no current criminal investigation" into the Sark Company Registry.

Sark Company Registry website
Sark Company Registry

Compromise reached on vinery businesses

BBC Radio Guernsey

Tenants at Guernsey's States-owned Fontaine Vinery will be allowed to stay at the St Sampsons site until the end of June 2018, or six months after a States debate on the future of the site, due by December.

States members passed amended plans at their meeting today, but deputies rejected plans to force the States Trading Supervisory Board to find alternative sites.

Vale Deputy Laurie Queripel said there are still issues with the proposed new sites for relocation.

Sarah Groves murder: accused fails to appear

BBC Radio Guernsey

Sarah Groves

The father of Guernsey woman Sarah Groves says the man accused of her murder has again failed to appear before the court in Kashmir.

Vic Groves says the Superintended of the Prison where Richard de Vit is being held is concerned about the defendants health. He is said to be refusing medication and was "effectively on hunger strike".

The judge in the case has now ordered him to be admitted to hospital "for counselling".

The next hearing is scheduled for 21 June, which would have been Miss Groves' 29th birthday.

Drones: the rules in Guernsey

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey Police and island authorities are reminding drone users of their responsibilities, after one was recovered on airport property last month.

So, what can't you do?

  • Fly above the height of 122m (400ft) or within two nautical miles of Guernsey Airport, Alderney Airport without permission from air traffic control.
  • Fly within 100m of the Guernsey Prison boundary without the prior consent in writing of the Prison Governor or the Director of Civil Aviation.
  • Fly a drone with a camera within 50m of a person, vehicle, or structure, or within 150m of congested areas.
  • Restrictions on recreational drones are in place around St Peter Port and St Sampsons harbours.
  • Recommended flying restrictions also apply to the seafront areas bordering both ports.
  • Drones are not permitted to fly anywhere on Sark.

Police are warning that if an operator breaks the laws, they could potentially face a fine of up to £10,000 and up to two years in prison.

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'No law' to prevent Sark registry

BBC Radio Guernsey

The founder of the Sark Company Registry Dr Stanislovas Tomas said "there is no law" that prohibits his non-profit organisation from existing.

Authorities have questioned the legitimacy of a register of companies set up in Sark, an island with no company law.

It means businesses cannot be "registered" there, Chief Pleas said in a statement.

The registry was created in January and designed to attract businesses to Sark, with listed companies having to employee a Sark resident, working from an island office.

The island has no corporation tax, something promoted by Dr Tomas.

Dr Stanislovas Tomas
Sark Company Registry

New alcohol licensing laws to introduce 'accreditation scheme'

BBC Radio Jersey

Landlords could have to show they are trained to work in the drinks industry under a proposed overhaul of Jersey's alcohol licensing laws.

An accreditation scheme could be introduced to replace the current system which requires landlords to apply to the Royal Court.

Politicians and laymen could also replace Jersey's Licensing Assembly as the authority which grant licences to sell alcohol.

Constable Steve Pallett, who proposed the changes, said the measures should give customers "confidence" in establishments selling alcohol.

The introduction of the new laws will be debated by the States Assembly on 18 July.

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This will have a qualification that be throughout Jersey, throughout the industry and I think it will be good for the public. Because they will know that in any pub they walk into the people running it are qualified to do so.

Constable Steve PallettAssistant Minister, Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture

Health fair at Guernsey Prison could stop re-offending, says prisoner

BBC Radio Guernsey

A health fair could help convicts at Guernsey Prison stay out of Les Nicolles by showing them how to live more healthily, according to one prisoner.

Nigel Ogier, who is currently serving a sentence at the prison, is the gym orderly and said it was a positive event.

Guernsey prison

A lot of reasons some people end up in prison is through living an unhealthy lifestyle and doing unhealthy things. So anything like this that promotes healthy living, it's not just going to help them with their health, it might help them stay out of prison if they become more interested in health.

Nigel Ogier

States looks to reduce nitrate levels at Jersey beaches

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey have said measures are in place to reduce nitrate levels in Jersey's water.

High nitrate levels in waste water and agriculture finding their way to the shore are said to encourage sea lettuce growth.

Previously States members such as Constable Simon Crowcroft have said the weeds that grow as a result "smell" and "put off tourists".

A spokesman for the States of Jersey said the Department of the Environment are in the process of building new water treatment facilities at Bellozanne to reduce the amount of nitrates which flow into St Aubin's Bay.

Director of Environment William Peggie said if the new facilities do not prove effective, there are other options, including a de-nitrification facility which could cost up to £30m.

Sea Lettuce in St Aubin
Previous growths of sea lettuce in St Aubin

There is a opportunity to spend a bit more money putting a de-nitrification plant at the back of the new works that will take out even more nitrates.

William PeggieDirector, Department of the Environment

Lihou tank shell detonated

BBC Radio Guernsey

A 75mm french tank shell, discovered by schoolchildren on Lihou Island has been safely detonated by Guernsey Police this afternoon.

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Estera buys up Heritage Financial Services Group

Guernsey Press

Global corporate services provider Estera has agreed its second company purchase in Guernsey this year with a deal to buy Heritage Financial Services Group.

Flybe loss: 'no plans' to reduce CI routes

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Flybe plane

Regional airline Flybe has said its summer and winter schedule to the Channel Islands will operate "as set out”, and that there are "no plans to reduce routes to Channel Islands".

The airline ran up a near £20m loss after previous expansion plans proved too ambitious.

The carrier reported a pre-tax loss of £19.9m in the year to 31 March, despite revenues rising 13.4% to £707.4m.

Flybe said it would start to reduce the size of its fleet after it saw slowing growth in consumer demand.

BreakingLabourer cleared of rape charge and sex assault

BBC Radio Jersey

A 38-year-old labourer has been cleared of rape charges in the Jersey Royal Court.

Marcio Patricio Figueira Dias had been accused of raping a young woman last August and has been in prison on remand since last summer.

A Jersey Royal Court jury of eight men and four women found him not guilty of rape and not guilty of sexual assault.

He was found guilty of one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice by trying to influence a witness.

He was remanded to custody until his sentencing on 21 July for the conviction.

Rape case jurors start deliberating

Jersey Evening Post

Jurors have started deliberating in the case of a labourer accused of raping a stranger following a night out.

GB archery coaches give Jersey 'huge boost' before Island Games

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey archers Heath Perrett and Sandra Robinson say the help they've had from Great Britain coaches has been a "huge boost" as they prepare for the Island Games later this month.

Harry Healy and Philippa Lowe have been coming over to the island to give guidance to the archers before they head to Gotland.

Jersey archery

"It's great - they come over every month so you get good insight and little tweaks," Robinson told BBC Radio Jersey.

Perrett added: "It's a huge boost to the team to have both Harry and Philippa - they have competed at international level, so to have that knowledge and experience is huge."

You can hear Ashlea Tracey's full interview with the pair here.

Controlled explosion in Lihou after WW2 shell found

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police have carried out a controlled explosion after a World War Two shell was found in Lihou.

They told the BBC the explosion was carried out safely.

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Drone 'crashed' at airport as police warn users to stay away

Rob England

BBC News Online

Guernsey Police have warned of "significant consequences" of flying drones around the island's airport, after a drone was recovered on airport property.

Police said the drone, which was found on the 21 May, had a functioning camera but no memory card.

They are trying to trace the owner.

A spokesman said: "Members of the public are being reminded that restrictions are in place for small unmanned aircraft. They should not be flown above the height of 400ft or within two nautical miles of Guernsey Airport or Alderney Airport without permission from air traffic control.

"Any breach of these guidelines could potentially endanger aircraft and have significant consequences."

States of Guernsey Police

Other areas that are out of bounds for "recreational drones" are around the harbour controlled areas at St Peter Port or St Sampsons.

Recommended flying restrictions also apply to the seafront areas bordering both ports, police said. Drones are not permitted to fly anywhere on Sark.

Police warned that if an operator breaks the laws, they could potentially face a fine of up to £10,000 and up to two years in prison.

New bail conditions law to protect 'victims and witnesses'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Changes to the way bail conditions are set for people under investigation by the police could "protect victims and witnesses" in Jersey according to a minister.

The proposal, from the Minister for Home Affairs Deputy Kristina Moore, would allow bail conditions to be put in place before a defendant is charged.

She said conditions could include restrictions such as defendants not being able to contact particular people, handing over their passports to stop them travelling, or having to report to the police at agreed times.

The changes are due to be debated on the 18 July.

There are currently gaps in law and procedures that can cause difficulties in practice when using bail. If approved, this new law will bring about positive changes to the way it’s used in the criminal justice system.

Deputy Kristina MooreMinister for Home Affairs

Industrial land debate to continue in States Assembly

BBC Radio Guernsey

In Guernsey the States Assembly will continue to debate whether several sites in the island should be made available for "light industrial use" without changing planning laws.

Guernsey States Assembly and Royal Court

The sites in question are the Mont Crevelt/Longue Hougue reclamation site, Griffith's Yard, parts of the Brickfield House site and Pitronnerie Road.

The President of the Development and Planning Authority, Deputy John Gollop, told States members the proposals aim to "sort out the issue once and for all", and that the issue was with the cost of the land.

Jersey Field Squadron assault bridge training: In pictures

Rob England

BBC News Online

If you saw troops out in uniform last night around the Le Hague resevoir, don't be alarmed, it was probably the Jersey Field Squadron.

The island's Royal Engineers unit were involved in training last night.

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Jerriais teachers appointed to stop language 'dying out'

BBC Radio Jersey

Two new Jerriais teachers are being appointed as part of a plan to sustain the Island's language.

Funding of up to £110,000 was agreed by the Treasury and Resources Minister, Senator Alan Maclean.

The States said the appointments are hoped to provide sufficient teachers to pass on the language and support the use of Jerriais in the wider community, making it more visible in daily life.

Deputy Murray Norton said the native language was at risk of "dying out" without support.

As a result of the appointments schools will now have access to:

  • A weekly lesson in Years 4, 5 and 6 for children wanting to learn Jerriais
  • After-school classes
  • Two hours of Jerriais a week for those want to continue to learn at secondary school
  • An intensive reception pilot project in one primary school
Jersey flag
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Without a proper commitment from the States, Jerriais will simply die out. To lose a language which has its roots in our Norman past would greatly damage our culture and erode a part of what makes Jersey such a special place.

Deputy Murray NortonAssistant Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture

Yates confident of 'a few' Island Games archery medals for Guernsey

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Guernsey archery manager Steve Yates hopes the island can win "a few" medals in the sport at the Island Games in Gotland.

Yates is Guernsey's most successful archer, competing in 10 Island Games since his debut in 1993, but he will not be shooting this time around.

Steve Yates
BBC Sport

"We'd like to say 'yes, we want to bring back a big bucketful of medals' - I'm sure we'll bring back a few, but we want everybody to enjoy it and perform as well as they can."

Uncertainty about land for light industry 'bad for business'

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

Ongoing uncertainty about land for light industry is "bad for business" according to a member of Guernsey's Committee for Economic Development.

The debate continues today in the States Assembly to identify appropriate land to be allocated for businesses currently on the site of the Fontaine Vinery.

I find this simply ridiculous, 'look everyone we've identified the public land, it's over there, note it, look at it, but don't use it'. This is a prime example of the States trying to kick the can down the road yet again.

St Sampson Deputy Jennifer Merrett

We're in for a long, hot summer - according to the palm trees

Jersey Evening Post

We could be in for a long, hot summer, if a traditional Maori belief about the flowering of palm trees is true.

Flybe promises overhaul after £20m loss

BBC Channel Islands News

Regional airline Flybe has hit turbulence, running up a near £20m loss after previous expansion plans proved too ambitious.

The carrier reported a pre-tax loss of £19.9m in the year to 31 March, despite revenues rising 13.4% to £707.4m.

Flybe said it would start to reduce the size of its fleet after it saw slowing growth in consumer demand.

However, it insisted the current year was going well and efforts to turn a profit again were well underway.


Police hold training exercises around Guernsey today

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police have advised islanders not to be concerned about increased police presence today around St Peter Port, and in the west of the island.

Guernsey Police said officers will be involved in a training exercise involving police vehicles.

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£600k investment will be 'lost without £200k' for swimming pool

BBC Radio Guernsey

More than £600,000 spent on a gym and swimming pool in Alderney could be wasted, if funds to complete the pool are not found, according to an Alderney States member.

The Alderney Community Sports Centre Trust says it needs £200,000 to open the pool, although it hasn't approached the States of Guernsey.

Work was begun on the site off the Route de Braye some years ago and Alderney States member Alex Snowdon said it needs to be finished.

There was a swimming pool there originally, and now the children don't have any swimming pool at all. There's a big investment that's gone on, if we don't finish the pool or find the money to finish it then the investment is lost. So it's really important we look after the investment and we've got to sort the swimming pool out for the children.

Alex SnowdonMember, States of Alderney

Dry and breezy with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Today will be mainly dry and breezy with sunny spells.

It will cloud over during the afternoon and some light rain is possible for a time.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

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Housing development 'will not be redesigned'

BBC Radio Jersey

A new housing development on Green Street will not have to be redesigned, despite concerns over a loss of open spaces for residents, according to States members.

The States turned down a proposal to force Andium Homes to redesign its plans for the low rise blocks there.

The Environment Minister, Deputy Steve Luce, said Jersey's Planning Committee had already considered objections to the loss of open space.

St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft said the decision came despite the land having "protection" in the Island Plan.

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Jersey and Guernsey ministers sign international treaty

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey's Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst, and President of Guernsey's Policy and Resources Committee Deputy Gavin St Pier have signed an international agreement to stop tax avoidance.

The convention, set out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will make it easier for Jersey and Guernsey to "strengthen its tax treaty network" and prevent "base erosion and profit sharing", a spokesman said.

The agreement also aims to force companies to pay their taxes where they actually do business.

The OECD describes base erosion and profit shifting as a form of tax avoidance strategy that exploits gaps and mismatches in tax rules between countries to move profits to low or no-tax locations.

The treaty, signed yesterday, was also the first multilateral agreement that Guernsey has signed itself, according to Deputy St Pier.

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Rue du Douit neighbours fear changes to vinery site

Guernsey Press

Industrial vehicles would destroy the tranquillity of a quiet, narrow lane used by walkers and cyclists if planning permission is granted to create industrial units on a vinery site, neighbours have said.

Police investigate after bird is shot in the Royal Square

Jersey Evening Post

A police investigation is under way after a pigeon was shot with a modified air gun in the Royal Square.

Alderney sports centre 'needs £200k to open'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Alderney Community Sports Centre needs an extra £200,000 to open, Swim Alderney has told the BBC.

It said the project has already cost £600,000.

Olympian Duncan Goodhew said Alderney children need a "completed pool" to learn to swim in.

A spokeswoman for the States of Guernsey said they were "aware of the funding issues" facing the sports centre, but no official request for additional funds had been received from the island.


No confidence vote to be held on 20 June

BBC Radio Jersey

The vote of no confidence in Jersey's chief minister will be debated in the States in less than two weeks.

It will be the first item at the next sitting on the 20 June.

Constable Chris Taylor and 13 others have signed the motion stating that Senator Ian Gorst should resign over the way he has handled hospital funding, Jersey's Innovation Fund and staffing issues within the States.

None of the current Council of Ministers have signed.

Ian Gorst
States of Jersey
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BBC Local Live across the Channel Islands

Rob England

BBC News Online

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

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

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