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  1. Four arrested after drugs seized in Jersey
  2. Jersey politician abandons sea swim
  3. World powerboat championships in Guernsey cancelled
  4. Double Channel swimmer 'humbled' by honour
  5. Water sports considered on Guernsey reservoir
  6. MPs for Channel Islands 'unlikely'
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Our live coverage across the Channel Islands

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Our live coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for today.

We'll be back on Wednesday from 08:00 with the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

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.

Hornets pose a 'threat to all insects'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Guernsey Beekeepers Association is warning different species of insects, not just bees, could be at risk if the Asian hornets become established in the Bailiwick.

The States revealed today it had identified another hornet, following the submission of a photo from March. On Friday, three of the invasive insects were also identified after being caught in Torteval.

Islanders are being urged to report and photograph of suspected nests in trees and sightings to Land Management Services.

Chris Tomlins

The more nests that are left undiscovered, the more hornets will forage on the island's fauna. All the pollinators will be at risk - honey bees, bumble bees, insects of any sort - they will go for anything they will find."

Chris TomlinsPresident, Guernsey Beekeepers Association

Weather update: Cloud thickening overnight

BBC Weather

It will be fair this evening, but cloud will soon thicken from the southwest overnight.

This will bring rain to many by dawn, accompanied by strong winds.


Jersey weather forecast


Guernsey forecast

Island MPs would 'lack influence'

BBC Radio Guernsey

MPs at the House of Commons

An analyst specialising in small island politics has said it is unlikely any of the Crown Dependencies would be able to exert any greater influence at Westminster.

Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell has called for a review into the lack of representation in the Houses of Parliament.

However, Adrian Lee, who has studied the political systems of the Channel Islands, said it was highly unlikely Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man would give up their autonomy for a few MPs.

He said two or three "backbench" politicians, whether aligned or not with government, would have little influence.

What actual influence would they have? They are representing territories that are not part of the United Kingdom. That, if you like, is the big stumbling block."

Adrian LeePolitical Analyst

Stretcher bearer stories resonate at Passchendaele

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A member of Guernsey's Military History Company has said their recreation of the role of Guernsey's World War One stretcher bearers has been of interest to relatives of survivors of the bloody battle.

In October 1917, 50 men of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry served as stretcher bearers at Passchendaele.

Russel Doherty, pictured below, took part in a recreation as the world marked one hundred years since the battle, which saw about 325,000 Allied troops and 260,000 Germans die.

"After four days of working eighteen hours-a-day stretchering casualties off the battlefield to the clearing station the men were physically exhausted and would be replaced by another fifty men from another regiment.

"We've met so many descendants who've wanted to know about the work of stretcher bearers," he said.

"They have stories of their relatives being rescued by stretcher bearers, taken back, and surviving the war as a result of those men's actions."

Guernsey Military History Company recreation
Guernsey Military History Company
Russel Doherty, Guernsey Military History Company
Guernsey Military History Company recreation
Guernsey Military History Company

Further Asian hornet sighting in Guernsey

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Three Asian hornets found in Torteval last week
Three Asian hornets found in Torteval last week

Another sighting of an Asian hornet has been confirmed by the States of Guernsey.

The island's government said it was able to identify the hornet by a photo taken in March near L'Ancresse, in the north of Guernsey.

On Friday, three of the invasive, honey-bee-killing hornets were caught near Torteval Church. There have also been sightings in Sark and Alderney, and there are fears the insects could now be established in Jersey.

The States of Guernsey is asking people to be watchful and to check any trees in their gardens.

"Asian Hornet nests are typically found in the canopy of high trees."

"It is very important that no-one touches or approaches a suspected nest as the hornets can be aggressive if disturbed," a spokesman said.

People who suspect they've seen the hornets or their nests are being asked to photograph them, if possible, note the location and watch it long enough to determine the direction of travel.

They are then asked to read the Asian hornet ID sheet on the National Bee Unit’s website.

Conduct committee considering deputy's conduct

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A Jersey politician accused of lying by the Jersey Care Inquiry has appeared before a committee that governs Deputies' conduct this afternoon.

Deputy Andrew Lewis appeared before the Privileges and Procedures Committee.

The St Helier Deputy said he made an error when saying he had seen an unpublished police report during a States debate about the suspension of a former Police Chief.

The Committee is reviewing whether he broke the code of conduct for States members and will report its findings later in the year.

What matters to the committee is whether, during the course of his time as a States Member, throughout his dealings with the IJCI and his responses to the Assembly, Deputy Lewis’ actions complied with the code."

Constable Len NormanChairman of the Privileges and Procedures Committee

Three karts taken from Jersey attraction

BBC Radio Jersey

Damage caused at aMaizin adventure park
Jersey Leisure

Three pedal Go-Karts have been taken from the Amazin' Maze Adventure Park in St Peter.

Joint owner of the Park, Kristina Le Feuvre, told the BBC three of the green and yellow John Deere Traxx carts are missing.

A fourth one was found "jammed into a fence," she said.

The incident has been reported to the police.

Babies to receive hepatitis vaccine from today

Annie Knowlson

Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Jersey

Hepatitis B vaccine being given to a baby
Science Photo Library

Babies born in Jersey and Guernsey from today will be given a new vaccine to protect them against hepatitis B.

The same is happening in the UK, and the vaccine has already been given to babies in 97 other countries.

The vaccination will be offered during routine jabs given to babies at two, three and four months of age.

It will vaccinate against five other diseases, including diphtheria, polio, tetanus and whooping cough and will replace the so-called "five in one" injection currently given to babies.

Up to now, only children at high risk of hepatitis B were immunised.

Children in Jersey requiring hepatitis B protection had received the vaccine as an extra series of injections administered by pediatric doctors.

The latest injections will be given by GPs and the visits are free of charge to parents in Jersey.

The island's Health Department said the vaccine was shown to be safe and is already widely used, with around 150 million doses having been given in 97 countries.

Jersey politician abandons swim

BBC Radio Jersey

Constable Steve Pallet has had to abandon his swimming challenge from Sark to Jersey.

He was just two miles off the Jersey shore when the tide turned and he had to be picked up by his guard boat.

The assistant minister with responsibility for sport was in the water for more than nine hours.

In pictures: RGLI Passchendaele role re-created

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Military history enthusiasts from Guernsey have taken part in recreations at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, in Belgium.

Yesterday, the world marked one of the bloodiest battles of World War One 100 years after it began.

The Guernsey Military History Company took part in a living history festival along with enthusiasts from around the globe to portray the roles of various fighting forces.

In October 1917, 50 men of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry's C Company detached from the regiment to serve as stretcher bearers at Passchendaele.

Recreation of WW1 battle
The Guernsey Military History Company
Re-creation of WW1 battle
The Guernsey Military History Company

Politician 'still going' after nine hours in the water

BBC Radio Jersey

A short while ago Jersey Constable Steve Pallet was stuck two miles off Grosnez, on Jersey's northwest coast, in his attempt to swim from Sark to Jersey.

The assistant minister with responsibility for sport was hoping to arrive at Plemont by 14:00 but wind and tide conditions have made it difficult for him to progress along the north coast.

Experienced long-distance swimmer Neil Faudemer is on Constable Pallet's guard boat. He said the politician was still going but was pretty exhausted.

'First' Domino's in Jersey to 'create 40 jobs'

BBC Radio Jersey

Domino's pizza staff preparing pizza

The first Domino's Pizza in Jersey will open in St Saviour's Road on 28 August.

The company said it would create 40 jobs. The American pizza chain was founded in 1960.

'Operation Hook' leads to £400k drugs arrests

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Four men have been arrested in St Helier today as part of a Jersey police operation.

The men aged, 27, 31, 34 and 37 were detained for possession with intent to supply and money laundering, police said.

A commercial amount of cannabis with an estimated street value of £400,000 was seized together with a "substantial amount of cash".

The four men remain in custody and inquiries are on-going, police said.

BreakingFour arrested after drugs seized in Jersey

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey Police have confirmed four men have been arrested in connection with the seizure of cannabis and money.

More to follow.

Two school model an option - deputy

BBC Radio Guernsey

John Gollop

A Guernsey deputy says it might be wise to delay a decision on the make-up of secondary education and consider a two school model.

The States of Guernsey has agreed to move to three island secondary schools after deciding to scrap selective education last year. Politicians will now decide on the future education system later this year.

Deputy John Gollop attended many of the recent presentations by the island's education committee on their plans for future secondary and post-16 education.

"I'm moving, I must admit, to a position where we might be wise to delay final answers," he said.

"A two school model answers most of the criticisms from across the spectrum, from both left and right."

Backbencher rejects invitation to join abuse inquiry advisory panel

Jersey Evening Post

A backbench politician has turned down the opportunity to help advise the chief minister on implementing the recommendations of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

States Chamber exhibition hits the road

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey politicians mark 130 years of debating in their own dedicated chamber.

An exhibition detailing the 130-year-old history of Jersey's States Chamber is making its way around the island's parish halls. The exhibition is open in accordance with the opening hours of each parish hall.

If you'd like to learn more, here's the schedule until December:

  • 20 July - 3 August - St. Peter (current location).
  • 3 August - 17 August - St. Ouen.
  • 17 August - 31 August - St. Mary.
  • 31 August - 14 September - St. Lawrence.
  • 14 September - 28 September - St. John.
  • 28 September - 12 October - Trinity.
  • 12 October - 26 October - St. Martin.
  • 26 October - 9 November - Grouville.
  • 9 November - 23 November - St. Clement.
  • 23 November - 7 December - St. Saviour.
  • 7 December - 21 December - St. Helier.

Volunteers raise the roof for Alderney water mill

Guernsey Press

After more than 20 years of work on Alderney’s 13th Century water mill, some volunteers admitted they thought they would never see the day that the roof went on.

Weather: Feeling pleasant this afternoon

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

Channel Islands forecast for Tuesday afternoon

It will be a fine and sunny afternoon across the islands with lighter winds and plenty of warm sunny spells. The sunshine may turn a little hazier later in the day. Maximum temperature: 20 Deg C (68 Deg F).

Fine considered for anyone causing 'nuisance' by feeding seagulls

Jersey Evening Post

Islanders could soon need to think twice about tossing the remains of their lunch to a seagull – as the Environment Department plans to get tough on the feeding of ‘nuisance’ wild creatures.

Swimming politician into 'hardest' part of challenge

BBC Channel Islands News

Jersey’s assistant minister in charge of sport, Steve Pallett, was swimming through the hardest part of his Sark to Jersey swim, a short while ago, according to supporters on his guard boat.

Constable Pallett set off at 05:10 this morning and was two miles north of Gronez a short while ago.

He was hoping to arrive at Plemont between 13:00 and 14:00, but wind and tide conditions have delayed his progress.

Neil Faudemer, aboard his guard boat, said the constable is "swimming well" in tough conditions but is facing pressure to finish before 15:00, when the tide turns.

BreakingWorld powerboat championships cancelled

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Organisers of a world power boating championship due to be held in Guernsey next month have confirmed the event has been cancelled.

Last year it was announced the island would host the inaugural world championships in the World 3A, 3B and European V24 categories.

The event was due to take place from 4 September 2017.

The BBC understands a decision was made by the Guernsey Powerboat Association after too few entries were received by last night's midnight deadline.

Powerboats racing off Guernsey
Ben Chapple

Punishing people with sugar tax won't fix problem

Jersey Evening Post

More needs to be done to educate Islanders about how they can cook healthy foods on a budget rather than punishing people through introducing a sugar tax, the head of the Jersey Consumer Council has said.

Lottery launch: Funding boost for sports clubs

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey relay athletics team competing

A Jersey sports lottery to raise funds for local clubs has been launched today.

It will help local organisations struggling to meet the costs of travel and accommodation when competing off-island.

Tickets cost £150, with a top prize of £250,000 and further cash prizes worth a total of £50,000.

The 24 clubs, which include football, hockey, netball and gymnastics, will receive £90 from each ticket sold, meaning a potential total of £300,000 going to Jersey sports team.

The draw is on 18 May 2018 and tickets can be bought from participating sports, Jersey Rugby Club and Jersey Pearl outlets in St Helier, St Ouen, Gorey and Jersey Airport.

Living wage: Charity still hopeful businesses will sign up

BBC Radio Jersey

The head of Catholic charity Caritas, which promotes the payment of the living wage, has said Jersey companies signing up to it will encourage others to do the same.

Catholic charity Caritas wants workers to earn a minimum of £9.75 an hour, more than £2 above the current Jersey minimum wage.

So far only four companies have signed up to the campaign which as been running for more than a year.

Jersey's Chief Minister Ian Gorst said he will ask politicians to support giving all States workers the living wage.

Jersey money

By signing up for the living wage logo as it were, and joining us, you're actually supporting the campaign. Not just paying your own staff, but you're actually encouraging staff to do likewise."

John ScallyExecutive Director, Caritas Jersey

Water sports on the reservoir? Your comments

BBC Radio Guernsey

St Saviour's Reservoirs

An under-utilised resource, or a sensitive area in need of environmental protection?

Guernsey Water would consider allowing water sports on the St Saviour Reservoir if there was enough support for the move from islanders, although no immediate decision is expected. You've been having your say on this:

Matt: Why the agonising?

Katrina: Sorry, but we live on an island with sea all around us. Leave this lovely peaceful spot alone!

Ollie: Should have been done years ago!

Andy: Bad idea, the impact on wildlife in one of the very few quiet areas on the island would be massive. What's wrong with the sea, plenty of it on an island?

Lydia: Many of the UK's reservoirs do just this - it would require proper rules and regulations, as does everything, to protect the wildlife, but why shouldn't people get out onto the water in a sailing dingy or a canoe and explore the reservoir from the waterside? They should have been doing it years ago!

Brian: Who wants to use the reservoir for Watersports? And pay for it? My guess one.

Mary: I am totally against this idea. I walk around reservoir on regular basis and upload my photos to many good reviews. You have our beaches don't spoil a piece of quiet nature.

Jersey seeking no changes after MPs suggestion

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's government will continue to have regular talks with the UK government but will maintain its right to govern itself, the island's Ministry of External Relations has said.

It follows a speech made by a UK MP who wanted a review of what he said was a lack of representation in Westminster for the Crown Dependencies.

Andrew Rosindell, MP for Romford, said the islands are being left out of important decisions that affect them.

The Ministry of External Relations has said it will continue to hold regular meetings with MPs and officials.

Pizza chain to open in Jersey this month

Jersey Evening Post

A global pizza franchise has announced it is to grab a slice of Jersey’s fast-food market later this month.

'Certain' activities could be allowed on reservoir

BBC Radio Guernsey

St Saviour's Reservoir

Protecting the environment and the safety of users will be paramount in any decision to allow water sports on St Saviour's Reservoir, Guernsey Water has said.

It is considering allowing sports like windsurfing, rowing and kayaking on the site if enough local interest is shown, although the company said a decision is not expected soon.

We wouldn't want any boats or anything that had diesel engines because of pollution, so we would only sanction a certain number of activities on the water."

Margaret McGuinessWater quality risk manager

Cricket: Ireland qualify, Jersey win on final day

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A Jersey batsman faces a delivery from a Denmark bowler
ICC/Ian Jacobs

Ireland pipped Scotland to qualify for the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Jersey yesterday.

They managed to defend just 108 against Scotland at Grainville to make it to the tournament in New Zealand next year.

Jersey, who were out of contention to qualify on the final day, won their final match against Denmark.

They successfully defended 185, bowling the Danes out 12 short of the total.

Weather update: Mainly fine and dry

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

Despite the risk of a shower it will be a mainly fine and dry day in the Channel Islands.

Temperatures are reaching 19C (66F) to 20C (68F), so feeling quite pleasant.

Channel Islands forecast

Co-op criticised after spate of vodka thefts

Jersey Evening Post

The Co-op group was criticised for not properly keeping track of drink stocks in the case of a man who stole bottles of vodka from one of their stores numerous times.

BBC Weather Watchers: Bailiwick skies captured

BBC Weather Watchers

Our BBC Weather Watchers have been up early and snapping away in both Guernsey and Jersey. Here's a selection of island views this morning.

St Peter Port Harbour
St Helier field
Belle Greve Bay

Developer offers parking assurance

BBC Radio Jersey

Car parking at Ann Street Brewery site
Andium Homes

Developer Andium Homes has reassured people in Jersey there will be enough car parking at the Ann Street brewery site in St Helier.

The States-owned company plans to build 165 homes there and at a nearby site.

Head of Operations Mike Porter said parking was a "concern" for shops in St Helier, who are worried about customers losing spaces to residents of new developments.

Mr Porter cited a "partnership" with the States of Jersey around the Ann Court development, where 137 spaces for shoppers are planned.

"The same sort of thought process will go into the brewery site," he said.

Weather: Sunny day ahead

BBC Weather

It will be another day of sunshine with the islands avoiding the showers elsewhere across the South West. In the lighter winds it will feel warmer, getting up to 19C (66F).


Jersey weather forecast


Guernsey weather forecast

Politician attempts Sark to Jersey swim

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Jersey's minister in charge of sport is attempting to swim from Sark to Jersey this morning.

Steve Pallett left Sark just before 05:00 and is due to reach Plemont Beach at lunchtime.

We will update you on his progress as we get it.

Water sports could be considered on reservoir

BBC Radio Guernsey

St Saviour's Reservoirs

Guernsey Water has said it will consider allowing certain sports on St Saviour's Reservoir, if there's enough interest from islanders.

The States of Guernsey trading body could follow UK water companies, which allow sports like kayaking, sailing, and windsurfing to use their sites.

Margaret McGuiness, water quality risk manager, said the reservoir's oxygen pump system - which runs across the centre of the reservoir - wouldn't be safe for water users to cross.

"If we did do anything we would have to look at coning off areas, as being not for use," she said.

MPs for Channel Islands 'unlikely'

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

An analyst specialising in Channel Islands politics has said it is unlikely any of the Crown dependencies would welcome greater involvement in UK politics.

Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell has called for a review into the lack of representation in the Houses of Parliament.

He said increased powers given to devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, had further changed the political landscape and made it necessary to ensure the Crown dependencies and the British overseas territories receive equal representation.

However, Adrian Lee, who's studied the political systems of small islands, said it was highly unlikely the islands would give up their autonomy for a few MPs in Westminster.

A statement from Jersey's Ministry of External Relations agrees the position of the islands does need to be understood in the UK, but that will be achieved through regular engagement.

Double Channel swimmer 'humbled' by honour

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey swimmer says she feels honoured to have her achievements recognised after winning a courage award.

Sally Minty Gravett is the fifth person to win the Churchill Award for her double English Channel swim last year.

The award was set up by the States in 1965 to reward acts of bravery.

The swimmer revived her award at a special reception at Government House hosted by the Bailiff last night.

She says it's great her swimming achievement has been recognised this way by the island.

Sally Minty Gravett

It's very nice that it's been acknowledged as a big feat. There's a lot of people in the world that don't recognise things like that... I'm very humbled."

Sally Minty GravettDouble English Channel swimmer