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Summary

  1. Condor Rapide and small vessel 'collide'
  2. Engine issue grounds Battle of Britain Memorial Flight planes ahead of appearance in islands
  3. Average Jersey house price now £460,000 - a rise of 2% since 2016
  4. Another airline 'could take on' London City route
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Our coverage across the day

Rob England

BBC News Online

Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for the day.

We'll be back on Friday 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.

Car put up for charity auction vandalised

BBC Radio Guernsey

The back window of a car put forward as a prize for a charity raffle has been smashed, police say.

Money raised in the raffle was due to go to the Little Chapel Foundation at the West Show, who are looking to fund the restoration of the early 20th century church.

Jack Honeybill, from the foundation said the vandalism could affect the amount of tickets they now sell to raise money.

An investigation has been opened by Guernsey Police.

charity car damaged
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I'm really very upset because this car has been paid for by First Direct, and if we sell all the tickets we'll make £30,000. Obviously now we've got a hole in the rear window, so it's going to have an adverse effect on our ability to sell the tickets. A £30,000 profit for The Little Chapel is an amazing amount towards the restoration fund.

Jack Honeybill

Sark2Jersey race cancelled

Rob England

BBC News Online

This year's Sark2Jersey rowing race event has been cancelled, according to organisers.

On social media, organiser Stuart Richford said the decision had been made as a result of "deteriorating weather" this weekend.

The event was postponed twice before, and was due to take place this Saturday.

Brexit: Common travel area prioritised by UK

Rob England

BBC News Online

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The UK has committed to quickly reach an agreement with the EU on the preservation of the Common Travel Area, according to the latest Brexit policy paper.

The current agreement allows visa and immigration control-free travel for British and Irish citizens between the UK, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands

The States of Jersey said it had "welcomed" the commitment by the UK government to maintaining the area, which was one of the island's "key priorities".

A spokesman said Jersey's government was also "fully committed" to fulfilling its membership responsibilities on the British and Irish Council with regards to the wider question of border controls between Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

Jersey hemp crop trial 'growing favourably'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A trial crop of hemp, planted as part of an initiative to diversify Jersey's agriculture, is "progressing well", according to the States, who are overseeing the project.

Industrial hemp, a variety of cannabis, is being grown for its fibre and oil.

The fibre is used in a variety of different ways, from construction to animal bedding, and the oil for cooking, personal care and in beauty products.

The States was given a one season licence to grow the crop, with the view it could become part of a "sustainable future" for agriculture in the island.

Now the focus is on getting the harvesting right. It will be important to get some accurate and meaningful results from both the seed and the stalks. The information we get will help inform the business plan, and give us a steer on whether there is a commercial future for this crop here in Jersey

Scott MeadowsHead of plant health, Department of the Environment, States of Jersey

Cloudy with a chance of rain

BBC Weather

Cloud will continue into this afternoon and this evening with the potential for rain.

A mostly dry end to the night with plenty of clear spells, although there is still a risk of one or two showers.

Minimum Temperature: 16C (61F)

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Jersey minister congratulates A-level pupils

Rob England

BBC News Online

A-level pupils in Jersey this year achieved a 99.5% pass rate, the education department has said, with more results between A* to B grades than last year.

A spokesman for the department said the results reflected the "latest phase" of education reforms which have cut down on coursework, and "decoupled" AS-levels from A-levels.

Education Minister, Deputy Rod Bryan, congratulated students.

Well done to everyone who got their A-Level results today after two years of hard work. I am sure they would all like to join me in thanking the teachers and parents who have encouraged and supported them along the way. Good luck to all students with their next steps, whether that is into work or further study.

Deputy Rod BryanEducation Minister, States of Jersey

West Show: Jerseyman hails 'unique' show

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Despite getting a bit of stick from his fellow tractor enthusiasts from across the water, Des Hinault, 67, was full of praise for Guernsey's West Show.

The Jerseyman has been attending the event for a decade.

"It's so unique, there's nothing like it in Jersey."

Des with his tractor
BBC

Vegetables made into animals

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

With all the high octane car crushing and lawnmower racing it is easy to forget that this is an agricultural show.

Among the rows of immaculately presented beans, famous Guernsey tomatoes and onions are these.

Vegetable toucan
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Vegetables
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Vegetables
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Vegetables
BBC

These models of fruit and vegetables are fantastic, the owl being a personal favourite.

Jersey Care Inquiry: Less than 10 staff 'removed' from frontline posts in States

Rob England

BBC News Online

Up to 10 States of Jersey employees could have been removed from front-line duties following the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, a freedom of information request has revealed.

The information also shows the staff members are still employed, but in different roles, and are still receiving full pay.

The inquiry revealed decades of slavery, bullying and abuse had been inflicted on young people in the care of the States as far back as the 1940s.

Haut de la Garenne
NASA
Haut de la Garenne was one of the sites of historic abuse

BBC Radio Guernsey live from West Show

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Capturing the sounds and sights of the West Show this afternoon is BBC Radio Guernsey's John Randall.

He even had time to chat to yours truly about a newfound interest in vintage tractors.

If you can't make it down, you can listen as the BBC broadcasts live until 17:00.

BBC reporter Rob Byrne being interviewed
BBC

West Show: Crowds wowed by trucks

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

There's no doubting the main attraction this afternoon at the West Show, Big Pete and the Grim Reaper.

The two monster trucks been crushing and ripping apart cars for the last 20 minutes

It's been exhilarating stuff.

Trucks
BBC

Email cyber-scam targets Jersey businesses and customers

Rob England

BBC News Online

A scam which has tried to take more than £450,000 from Jersey businesses has prompted a warning from the island's financial services commission.

In at least three cases, businesses in Jersey were the subject of an "impersonation attack", according to the commission, where fraudsters send emails from an account with an "almost identical" name, often requesting large sums of money from their customers.

The commission says the emails often appear "authentic" with copies of legitimate signatures from the real company's employees.

They said, in one of these cases, fraudsters attempted to take £450,000 from clients by posing as a local company, but were detected.

The Jersey Financial Services Commission is asking local companies and islanders to be "extra vigilant".

Cyber crime concept image
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This type of attack relies on social engineering to deceive its targets. In this case the domain name used by the criminals appeared to be the same as the local company’s but had an extra letter which could easily have been overlooked by the recipient on first glance. If you receive an email from a domain that appears to be slightly different to the norm then check the request immediately with the organisation it’s claiming to come from, making sure that you use official contact details rather than those in the email.

Davey SandifordCyber security senior manager, Jersey Financial Services Commission

West Show numbers 'well up'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The president of Guernsey's West Show says the number of people attending the agricultural event are already above last year's.

Rodney Dyke said: "The numbers are well up. The weather's been good to us, which helps a lot.

"Last night was absolutely heaving, that was unusual for a Wednesday night, to have it so busy."

Rodney Dyke
BBC

Abuse victims ‘more confident in coming forward’

Jersey Evening Post

Victims of sexual abuse are "more confident" in coming forward in the wake of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry and the Jimmy Savile scandal in the UK, an island official has said.

Monster truck drivers raring to go

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

monster truck
BBC

The monster truck trio performing at this year's West Show hope to wow the crowds again this afternoon.

Olly Butler (left), Michael (middle) and Chris Murty (right) have a combined 25 years experience handling the vehicles, which have wowed crowds from the Channel Islands to the northern tip of Scotland.

"You're only as good as your last show, so we'll only know how it goes down later!," Chris said.

The team will perform about now and again this evening. Expect jumps, and some car-splitting carnage.

Monster trucks
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monster trucks
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West Show: Tractor talk

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

It seems I can't get away from tractors and lightning.

It was the first topic of conversation among a group of vintage vehicle enthusiasts.

They seem to think it's entirely plausible Horace Camp's Massey Ferguson tractor, similar to these pictured, could have been started by a lightning strike during a recent thunderstorm.

A tractor magazine recently reported a similar incident in Devon, Des, among the group tells me.

Tractor talk
BBC

Working holiday visas 'unavailable' for islanders

Rob England

BBC News Online

People from the Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories seeking a working holiday visa in New Zealand are not eligible, according to Jersey Customs and Immigration Service.

Wellington Harbour, New Zealand
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Wellington Harbour, New Zealand

A spokeswoman said there had been a small number of inquiries from islanders about the issue, which prompted them to get in touch with the New Zealand government.

New Zealand's immigration authorities then confirmed their working holiday visa scheme was "only available to British citizens who are ordinarily resident in the UK" and not to British citizens who live in the Crown Dependencies or British Overseas Territories.

Occupation lorry a reminder of bombing

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Occupation lorry
BBC

This 1939 Morris commercial lorry is one lucky survivor from Guernsey's World War Two Occupation.

On display at this year's West Show, it has been lovingly restored by Occupation Museum owner Richard Heaume (pictured) who says he acquired the vehicle with "great difficulty".

On 28 June 1940 German bombers attacked St Peter Port Harbour, killing 34 people.

They also destroyed 54 tomato lorries, similar to this one.

The Morris lorry was converted to run on charcoal gas in September 1941 before being converted back to petrol after liberation in May 1945.

How do you turn £100 into £10,000?

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

By restoring vintage tractors, apparently.

Des Hinault, 67, paid just £100 for this Massey Ferguson, which was being used on a cattle farm.

With a lot of work he's restored it and says he's been offered more than a hundred times what he paid for it originally.

It's not for sale though, says Les who's proudly displaying it at Guernsey's West Show. It's a labour of love rather than a money making venture for the Jerseyman.

Tractor
BBC

A-level/BTEC results for Guernsey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Guernsey's College of Further Education:

  • 99% pass rate for BTEC students.

Guernsey Grammar School and Sixth Form:

  • 99.5% pass rate for A-level students, up 1% on 2016.

Elizabeth College:

  • 100% pass rate, 87% of grades between A*-C.

The Ladies College. Guernsey:

  • 100% pass rate, 91.6% of grades between A* to C.

West Show: The history

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

West Show crowds
BBC

Guernsey has celebrated more than 100 years of agricultural and horticultural tradition at West Show, which started in 1913.

The annual event, in its second day today, brings together the communities of St Saviour, St Pierre du Bois and Torteval and was founded by the West United Agricultural and Horticultural Society.

In 1921, King George V, Queen Mary and Princess Mary visited the showground where they inspected some prize winning cattle.

There were no shows between 1939 and 1945, during the German Occupation during World War Two.

Between 1954 and 1957 the show moved to the current site of the L'Eree Aerodrome, before it was permanently housed at the site from 1985.

In 2013 the show celebrated its centenary, which finished with a spectacular fireworks display.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No...it's a bar

Rob England

BBC News Online

This old plane, which used to fly from the UK to the Channel Islands, has finished its life in style, by becoming a bar and restaurant in Bournemouth.

The new bar, Immense Air, is a converted ATR 42 used by Blue Islands.

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No security screening for Waves passengers

Guernsey Press

There will be no requirement for Waves to have security screening due to the size of its aircraft, the island’s director of civil aviation has confirmed.

Mind Jersey takes on mental health programme

BBC Radio Jersey

A programme to help young people whose parents have mental health issues has been stopped by a Jersey charity, so it can focus on young victims of sexual abuse instead.

The Family Smiles programme has been run by the NSPCC in Jersey since 2014, but from October it will be led by Mind Jersey instead.

Liz Kendrick-Lodge from Mind Jersey said this is the first step in developing its service for young people.

For children who live in families where there is mental illness, it's actually really important they are part of a group, understand they are not alone, that mental health problems are common, and there are other children who live in families with mental illness.

Liz Kendrick-LodgeMind Jersey

Family to hold sky dive in memory of young woman who died

BBC Radio Guernsey

Stuart Moorat and Georgina Le Prevost
FAMILIES OF STUART MOORAT AND GEORGINA LE PREVOST
Stuart Moorat, 27, and Georgina Le Prevost, 25 died in a car crash

The family of Georgina LePrevost, who died in a road accident in Guernsey last month, are set to perform a a sky dive in aid of the Sarah Groves foundation next Saturday.

The charity was set up following the murder of the young backpacker in India.

Georgina's mother, Jenny, contacted the charity to say her family intended to do something to commemorate her "short, but full life".

The foundation has agreed to support the campaign, and says it will use the money raised to enhance young lives, in a way that befits Georgina.

The sky dive, scheduled for 26 August, has already raised more than £2,500.

'Contaminated clothes' the source of radioactive waste scare

BBC Radio Jersey

An investigation is under way to find out why radioactive waste was discovered at a nuclear reactor on the French coast.

Clothes contaminated with Cobalt 60, a radioactive material, were discovered by work crews in amongst general waste at the Flamanville Three reactor, which is 15 miles from Jersey, during the building of a new car park in July.

The clothes were work overalls, which had been placed in bags and buried underground at the site.

A States of Jersey spokeswoman said there was no threat to the island as a result of the discovery.

Flamanville
BBC

West Show parking warning issued

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

People driving to Guernsey's West Show are being reminded they cannot leave their cars in the car park opposite the L'Eree Bay Hotel this evening.

Parked vehicles in the area meant buses were unable to access the car park last night, which is being used as a temporary terminus for extra evening bus services.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority says those parking at the site after 18:00 risk their vehicle being towed away by police.

If operator CT Plus is unable to use the car park tonight due to parked vehicles, the licensing authority says the £1 per ride service might not be put on again next year.

'Low interest rates' contributing to lack of housing in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

Low interest rates are part of the reason why there is not enough property to meet demand in Jersey, according to a local estate agent.

This increase in demand has also pushed up the price of property.

Roger Trower, managing director of Broadlands Estate Agents, said people realise they can make more money by renting out property instead of keeping their money in the bank.

If you have any savings at all in the bank you get no money on it whatsoever, but people have always invested in property because they know they can get a return of between 4%-5% if they buy a flat and rent it out. So there's a massive market for investment like that. And the people you wouldn't think would buy for investment are buying units, so that sucks out even more of the supply that the market has."

Roger TrowerManaging Director, Broadlands Estate Agents

Strong wind warning issued for Channel Islands

Rob England

BBC News Online

West Show: Say hello to BBC Radio Guernsey

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

BBC Radio Guernsey is broadcasting live from the West Show today.

Tune in or even come and say hello to John Randall, who will be live from 13:30.

You can meet the voices broadcasting in the Bailiwick and even get your hands on some of our summer bags, which I gather are the must have item this season.

You can also follow us today on Local Live as we bring you the latest from out west.

BBC Guernsey face for radio stall at the West Show
BBC

The island has celebrated more than 100 years of agricultural and horticultural tradition at West Show, which started in 1913.

Guernsey West Show day two: What's on?

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

West Show map
The West Show

It's day two of the West Show, Guernsey's premier agricultural and horticultural show, which first began in 1913.

Things are under way already, here's a taste of what's to come this afternoon:

13:00: Guernsey Gymnastics display

14:00: Funfair opens

14:00: Ridgeside Falconry display

15:00: Big Pete Monster Truck display

15:45: Lawnmower heats

16:00: Guernsey Model Flying Club

16:30: Ridgeside Falconry display

Fog delays flights across the Channel Islands

Rob England

BBC News Online

fog delays
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Fog at Guernsey Airport this morning

Fog has delayed almost 20 flights arriving in the islands or departing from them this morning.

Between 06:30 and 09:50 delayed flights included the mail plane, flights from Southampton, Birmingham and Manchester and from Jersey, Alderney and Guernsey outbound.

Orange alert at sea

Jersey Evening Post

A tanker in the harbour was flooded with hundreds of oranges as part of an emergency pollution control exercise carried out by the Jersey Electricity Company.

Engine issue grounds Battle of Britain Memorial Flight planes

Rob England

BBC News Online

Most of the historic aircraft that make up the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) have been grounded due to an engine issue.

Spitfires in flight
Keith Wilson

A Lancaster bomber, two Hurricanes and three Spitfire planes are all affected by the problem.

The BBMF has three other Spitfires with different engines which are currently unavailable for other reasons.

A spokesman for RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, where the BBMF is based, said safety was its key priority.

The planes are expected to make appearances at air displays in Jersey and Guernsey in September this year.

West Show weather

Rob England

BBC News Online

Oil slick on Guernsey road

Rob England

BBC News Online

BreakingCondor Rapide and small vessel 'collide'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Condor Rapide and a small vessel collided close to St Malo on Sunday evening, Condor Ferries has said.

No injuries were reported, but the small vessel was damaged in the collision. However, it was able to return to port "under its own power", Condor said.

The Rapide had 371 passengers, 38 vehicles and 31 crew on-board and was travelling from Jersey to St Malo.

The investigation is ongoing.

Condor Rapide in Jersey
BBC

Spooked snake spotted slithering down town street

Jersey Evening Post

A snake has been rescued after it was found slithering down a street in St Helier.