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  1. Further arrests after £400k Jersey drugs bust
  2. Jersey politician offers apology to conduct committee
  3. Liberation sailings cancelled due to exhaust fault
  4. Call for clarity on Guernsey education plans
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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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 Thursday 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.

Deputy breached code of conduct

BBC Radio Jersey

A panel of politicians which rules on States procedures has found that Deputy Andrew Lewis breached the code of conduct for elected members.

It comes after he was accused of lying to the States and the care inquiry.

Deputy Andrew Lewis has previously apologised if any politician felt misled by his answers in a debate about the suspension of Graham Power as chief police officer nine years ago.

The privileges and procedure committee is still to publish a full explanation of its reasons and the action it will be recommending to the Assembly.

New Dornier delayed by six months

Guernsey Press

The delivery of Aurigny’s new Dornier has been delayed for around six months.

Weather update: Rain clearing this evening

BBC Weather

Heavy rain will eventually clear away this evening.

Cloud will gradually start to break up to leave some clear spells.

Showers will feed in from the west during the early hours.


Jersey forecast


Guernsey forecast

Powerboat championships 'expected' to return

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Powerboat racing off Guernsey
Ben Chapple

World powerboat championships should return to Guernsey by 2020, a member of the Guernsey Powerboat Association has said.

It comes after September's 3A and 3B and the V24 European Championships were cancelled yesterday after organisers recieved a small number of entries.

The lack of interest was put down to a dispute between UK teams and the Royal Yachting Association, which sanctioned the event.

Despite this, Jason Hobbs believes the islands are a perfect playground for the sport.

"By 2020, I would certainly expect them to come back," he said.

"I'm sure what will happen over the next couple of years is everyone will get together and make sure that this event is returning to Guernsey, where it belongs."

Politician claims FAB protest is 'pointless'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Vice President of the States of Alderney has said this evening's silent protest against the France - Alderney - Britain Link is premature.

The proposed cable, which would be placed through Alderney to provide the UK and France with an electricity link, has divided local opinion. Some believe it will create prosperity and a future outlet for tidal power, while others claim it will spoil the character of the island.

Ian Tugby, who's also a member of the FAB Link Working Group on the Policy and Finance Committee said the protest is unnecessary, as the people of Alderney will now have the final say in a public vote.

"What's the point in protesting?"

"Before anything goes ahead the States is going to have a referendum now," he said.

Holidaymaker ‘exposed daughter to risk’ following drinking session

Jersey Evening Post

A holidaymaker who got drunk and fell asleep in her bedroom at a five-star hotel has been fined £800 for exposing her ten-year-old daughter to risk of harm.

Little interest in probing Inquiry costs - Jersey lawyer

BBC Radio Jersey

A lawyer who offered to examine the costs of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry said he only received one response when he emailed States members offering his services for free.

Jim Diamond, an expert in the costs of legal action, had offered to audit the lawyers fees and travel costs of the £23million inquiry.

After starting work in 2014, the care inquiry panel published its report a month ago.

It was originally thought it would cost £6m, but in the end it cost much more and took longer to complete.

A couple of weeks ago, Jim Diamond offered to look at the legal costs and the £1.5m travel bill.

Mr Diamond said so far just one States member has replied to him and no other member has acknowledged receiving his email.

Condor 'optimistic' Liberation will sail tomorrow

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Ferry company Condor has said it has reviewed forecasts for tomorrow and is "optimistic" that Thursday's Liberation sailing will run.

However it warned the forecast "remains inclement".

"We will continue to monitor the weather forecasts as they are received," the company said.

Condor cancelled today's sailings after an engine fault left the vessel with reduced power, and unable to operate in rough conditions.

In light of the forecast the company has advised passengers booked on day trips between Poole and Guernsey to travel "only if it is necessary".

It will be offering an "alternative date of travel without amendment fees or a full refund."

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New hill climb race confirmed

BBC Radio Guernsey

Hill climb in St Peter Port

After months of planning, a date has been set by the Guernsey Kart and Motor Club for a new hill climb race.

It will begin at the bottom of the La Rue des Villains, by the Imperial Hotel, and is the first time a hill climb will be staged in the area.

President of the Guernsey Kart and Motor Club, Karl Marshall, said the organising team is ready for the race on 23 September.

Road closures still in place

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Flooding at Longue Hougue Lane, St Sampsons
Flooding at Longue Hougue Lane, St Sampsons, earlier this afternoon.

Weather update: Rain clearing this evening

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

It will remain wet this afternoon, but rain will clear away this evening and cloud will gradually start to break up to leave some clear spells.

Showers will feed in from the west during the early hours. Minimum temperature overnight: 17C (63F).

Channel Islands forecast

States ‘must vote on deputy’s fitness to serve’, says Stuart Syvret

Jersey Evening Post

The States must vote on whether it believes Deputy Andrew Lewis is fit to hold public office after he was found to have lied to the House and Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, ex-Senator Stuart Syvret says in a rallying cry to members to re-establish the credibility of the island’s parliament.

Take care on the roads

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

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And when parking, especially if you're heading to BBC Guernsey this afternoon!

Rain in Guernsey this afternoon

Vaccine reassurance for parents

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's health department has reassured parents a new vaccine used to protect babies against hepatitis B is safe.

Jersey and Guernsey are both following the UK in introducing the vaccine, which is already being used in 97 other countries.

The six-in-one vaccine does not have any live organisms, meaning there is no risk of infants contracting any of the diseases.

Dr Linda Diggle, the head of preventative programmes, said parents shouldn't be worried.

"Babies respond very well to their vaccinations. Nature has made it so their immune systems can respond, and what vaccinations do is tap into that immune memory," she said.

The rain keeps coming...

World powerboat cancellation 'outside of our control'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Powerboating in Guernsey
Ben Chapple

"Politics" got in the way of bringing a worldwide powerboat racing competition to Guernsey, according to an event organiser.

The World Powerboat Championships, due to be held in Guernsey this September, were cancelled by organisers yesterday after not receiving enough entries.

Jason Hobbs from the Guernsey Powerboat Association said a number of UK entrants had distanced themselves from Royal Yachting Association (RYA) rules and regulations and as a result were unable to obtain licences to race in the the RYA sanctioned event.

He added the association had done "everything within their power" to host the 3A, 3B world and V24 European championships.

"The reasons are outside our control," he said.

Weather update: More rain on the way

Medical alert on Easyjet flight to Gatwick

Jersey Evening Post

An Easyjet flight bound for Gatwick was forced to make "an expedited landing" after a passenger suffered a medical complication, the airline has said.

Guernsey had a wetter than average July

Guernsey July weather statistics
Guernsey Met Office

Road reopens after fallen tree cleared

Jersey likely to naturally phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2040

Jersey Evening Post

Petrol and diesel cars are likely to have been phased off the Island’s roads by 2040, the Environment Minister has said but added that government must ensure that sufficient infrastructure is in place to support electric vehicles.

Condor 'regrets' today's disruption

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Condor Liberation
Condor Ferries

Today's cancelled Liberation sailings are being described as regrettable by Condor Ferries.

The sailings were cancelled after a fault was identified with the exhaust system of the ship's main starboard engine.

Strong winds meant that the vessel would be unable to operate on reduced power, the company said.

"Condor regrets the disruption and inconvenience the cancellation is causing and confirms passengers are also able to cancel their journey and receive a full refund."

"Condor’s reservations and port teams are contacting passengers to offer alternative departures which include travel on Commodore Clipper on Wednesday or to and from Poole on alternative dates."

The company is running a revised Rapide schedule today for passengers travelling between Jersey and Guernsey.

The Liberation is expected to run to schedule tomorrow.

Deputy 'who lied' awaits conduct decision

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

Deputy Andrew Lewis

A Jersey politician is waiting to find out whether his colleagues think he breached the rules on conduct.

Deputy Andrew Lewis was accused of lying to the Jersey Care Inquiry and the States.

He told the Privileges and Procedures Committee he liked working with them at the end of a tense hearing where he was represented by Senator Sir Philip Bailhache.

They had hoped the committee would consider whether the care inquiry was right to conclude Deputy Lewis had lied during an answer in the States in 2008 over the suspension of a former police chief.

However, it was more interested in what he had done to correct what he had said, whether he felt he had misled the assembly and felt he should apologise, and why he told the inquiry panel he wasn't prepared to answer further questions when giving evidence.

He has released a statement saying he had no intention of misleading the States and unequivocally apologised to any member who felt misled.

The PPC is now deciding whether he breached the code.

Jersey skipper Miley signs for Eastleigh

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey football captain Cav Miley has signed for Vanarama National League side Eastleigh.

Cav Miley

Former Jersey manager Brian Little recommended the St Paul's central midfielder to the Spitfires.

"There was a list of clubs looking at him," manager Richard Hill told the club's official website.

"He has been on trial at league club and they came close to agreeing something."

Miley made his Eastleigh debut in last night's 2-1 friendly win against AFC Stoneham.

Reservoir water sports 'unlikely'

BBC Radio Guernsey

St Saviour's Reservoir

The idea of allowing water sports at Guernsey's St Saviour's Reservoir has failed on two previous occasions, according to a local naturalist.

Vic Froome said he hoped nothing will come of the latest suggestion in order to protect wildlife in the area.

Guernsey Water said while it is not currently proposing a change in the rules, it could consider allowing sports like windsurfing, rowing and kayaking on the site if there is enough interest from locals.

Mr Froome, however, didn't rate the idea's chances of success.

He said previous attempts to encourage water sports "died a death" because of the need to provide additional changing and toilet facilities at the reservoir site.

Sark sailings cancelled

Slightly warmer than average July in Jersey

July Jersey weather statistics
Jersey Met Office

Weather: Wet day across the islands

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

Heavy rain has moved in this morning, and with it strong winds.

There will be a lot of murk, low cloud, and mist.

The good news is it will be clearing later this evening.

Channel Islands forecast

Burst water main means Canichers closure

BBC News Travel

Yes, it's wet...

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

BreakingFurther arrests after £400k drugs bust

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Two more people have been arrested in Jersey in connection with a cannabis seizure, estimated to be worth £400,000, police said.

A 29-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman are now in police custody.

On Tuesday, four men were arrested for possession with intent to supply and money laundering, police said.

States of Jersey Police said the cannabis was seized together with a "substantial amount of cash".

The investigation is in its early stages and the quantities and types of other drugs recovered are still being assessed, Jersey police said.

Conditions 'got the better' of swimming politician

BBC Radio Jersey

Steve Pallet attempting to swim from Sark to Jersey
Neil Faudemer

Jersey politician Constable Steve Pallett says he's not sure he will continue long distance swimming after he failed in his attempt to swim from Sark to Jersey yesterday.

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

"I'll carry on swimming, whether I do another long distance one, I don't know," he said.

"I'm never going to be a Channel swimmer, this was one of the ones I thought was within my capabilities, but the elements have got the better of me."

Call for clarity on education plans

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey politician has called on the States top committee to clarity on whether it supports plans for the future of secondary and post-16 education.

President of the Policy and Resources Committee, Gavin St Pier, tweeted the committee will comment "when we are good and ready".

Deputy John Gollop, however, believes opinion is divided on the committee as previous debates on the issue have shown.

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Politician offers apology to conduct committee

BBC Radio Jersey

Independent Jersey Care Inquiry

A States member accused of lying to Jersey's States and the care inquiry has apologised if any politician felt misled by his answers in a debate nearly nine years ago.

Deputy Andrew Lewis is waiting to find out whether the Privileges and Procedures Committee think he breached the code of conduct.

He said he had not intended to mislead the States in an answer he gave about the suspension of Graham Power as chief police officer.

Liberation sailings cancelled due to exhaust fault

BBC Radio Guernsey

Condor's Liberation sailings have been cancelled today after a fault was identified with the exhaust system on the ship's starboard main engine.

The company said the fault affects the vessel's maneuverability on reduced power, with the boat having to operate from Poole to the Channel Islands on two engines, in predicted wind speeds of up to 40 knots.

It was therefore necessary to cancel the sailings, Condor said.

The company's amended today's Rapide schedule to provide a link for all passengers travelling between Jersey and Guernsey.

BBC Local Live across the Channel Islands

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Good morning! Welcome to BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands on Wednesday.

It's back to wet weather again I'm afraid today. The photo below was taken outside BBC Guernsey not in the middle of winter, but earlier this morning.

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