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Summary

  1. Barbecue 'causes' huge Sark blaze
  2. 40 swastikas sprayed on Nazi war bunkers
  3. Jersey pesticide amnesty after dog death
  4. Lifeboats called to motorboat crash and boat fire
  5. High turnout and mixed response to Guernsey's L'Ancresse wall plans
  6. Guernsey's secondary pension plans progressing
  7. Top Jersey triathlete among competitors for island event
  8. North Show ticket sales 'have gone well'
  9. Updates on Wednesday 23 August 2017

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Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

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

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.

Finest fruit and veg on display

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The judging is over and the tents are open for the public to check out the finest offerings growers in the north of Guernsey have put on show.

There's also live music at the North Show this evening.

Tomorrow, we will be taking a look around and bringing you the sights from the agricultural show and its famous battle of flowers.

Tomatoes in display tent
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Vegetables in display tent
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Vegetables in display tent
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Weather: Risk of light showers tomorrow

BBC Weather

Thursday will be generally a dry and fine day across the islands with some sunny spells and just a small risk of a light shower.

Feeling pleasant in the sunshine, with light winds.

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Maximum Temperature for Guernsey 18C (64F) and for Jersey 20C (68F).

Expert warns of repair legacy if wall is left

Guernsey Press

‘A legacy of continuous work’ will be inherited by generations to come if no action is taken on the most damaged sections of the L’Ancresse anti-tank wall, engineering consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV has warned.

Support for wall removal at public meeting

BBC Radio Guernsey

Public meeting to discuss the L'Ancresse sea wall
BBC

Despite many voicing their opposition to plans to remove a section of the L'Ancresse sea wall, there was some support for environment's plans at last night's public meeting.

The committee wants a 130m (400ft) eastern section of the damaged anti-tank wall removed and to construct two rock armour groynes which it said would assist in developing a dune-backed beach.

Pat Devenport said it was good the States was looking to the future rather than continuing to conduct repairs.

"In another 50 years, our families are going to be sitting here saying why didn't they look ahead? Look what we've had to take on now?"

No thoughts of South Africa - Jersey coach

BBC Sport

Jersey batsmen complete a run
Ian Jacobs/ICC

Jersey's cricket coach says his side will be fully-focussed on the inter-insular tie against Guernsey on Saturday.

Neil MacRae has only one absentee at the weekend from the squad named for next month's World Cricket League Five in Johannesburg.

"We won't be thinking about South Africa on Saturday," coach MacRae told BBC Radio Jersey.

"We're just concentrating on winning a massive derby game away from home.

"It's a strong squad, it's got a lot of experienced players and we're really excited by the batting and bowling options," he said.

Care charity staff take employers to tribunal

Jersey Evening Post

More than a dozen home care staff are taking Family Nursing & Home Care to an employment tribunal after refusing to sign new contracts containing worse terms and conditions.

Weather update: Mostly dry overnight

BBC Weather

Sunny spells are expected this evening and the night will stay mostly dry, but fresher than last night.

Showers are possible, but most places will miss them.

Jersey:

Wednesday evening Jersey weather forecast
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Guernsey:

Wednesday evening Guernsey weather forecast
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Shorter distance a challenge for Jersey triathlete

BBC Radio Jersey

Dan Halksworth running
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Jersey athlete Dan Halksworth has not got the highest hopes when it comes to competing in next month's Super League Triathlon in Jersey.

Among the field is former triathlon world champion and Olympic silver medalist Jonathan Brownley.

Hawksworth won gold at the Gotland Island Games and won the Jersey triathlon in July, however, he is used to competing over longer distances.

"Iron man is very different to what this distance is.

"I'm more of like an oil tanker compared to a speed boat.

"I've just got to try and get some speed back over the next four weeks and hopefully not embarrass myself."

Firm looking to competitors as possible employers for staff

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

It's hoped the 25 staff who will lose their jobs when Phoenix Foods closes down next month can find reemployment in the food wholesale business.

Our thoughts are with our colleagues at this present time who are going through the redundancy procedure. We have already made calls to the managing directors/CEOS of other competitive food wholesale businesses to help seek alternative re-employment for our valued colleagues."

Martina McGibneyCommercial Director

The company says it has advised its customers of its closure after 25 years of business.

End of lease sees company close down

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Phoenix Foods Guernsey will not be renewing its lease at the Old Guernsey Tobacco Factory and will stop trading on 30 September, the food wholesaler has announced.

It means the loss of 25 jobs.

Channel Islands food wholesaler A E Surcouf trades as Easenmyne in Jersey and Phoenix Foods in Guernsey.

In a statement it said the decision not to enter into another long-term lease was "due to the current economic climate".

BreakingPhoenix Foods Guernsey to close

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Twenty-five jobs will be lost when the firm ceases trading at the end of next month, the company has announced.

Islanders express wall removal doubts

BBC Radio Guernsey

damage to the L'Ancresse sea wall
BBC

Many of the 150 islanders that attended yesterday evening's public meeting on the future of the L'Ancresse anti-tank wall expressed concern.

The environment committee wants a 130m (400ft) eastern section of the damaged wall removed and to construct two rock armour groynes, which it said would assist in developing a dune-backed beach.

But islanders are concerned about flooding, the cost of the project, and how it will affect the beach and losing some of Guernsey's heritage.

One of them was ex-States member Brian De Jersey who said he had "seen where millions of pounds have been overspent on projects".

"If they'd spent some of that money repairing not L'Ancresse Bay wall, but other places in the island, we wouldn't be where we are today," he said.

Education president urges two school caution

BBC Radio Guernsey

Deputy Paul Le Pelley says plans for a two-school secondary system in Guernsey could cause "congestion" issues.

A meeting will take place on 7 September between the education committee and a group of four deputies who have put forward the idea.

The committee is seeking feedback on plans to move towards three all-ability schools.

Deputy Le Pelley said feedback from parents he'd received suggested there was little appetite for larger schools.

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Ex-chief constable to investigate complaints made against politicians

Jersey Evening Post

Paul Kernaghan, who was appointed the first ever Commissioner for Standards at the House of Lords in 2010, has been appointed to a similar role overseeing the States.

Cricket: Jersey name inter-insular squad

BBC Sport

Jersey cricket players celebrate a wicket
Jonathan Huelin

Jersey have named their squad for Saturday's annual fixture against Guernsey, with all-rounder Anthony Hawkins-Kay missing out because of injury.

He is the only absentee from the squad already named for next month's World Cricket League Division Five tournament in Johannesburg.

Jersey squad: C Perchard (capt), C Bisson, C Bodenstein, H Carlyon, J Dunford, L Gallichan, P Gough, J Jenner, B Kynman, E Miles, R McBey, B Stevens, N Watkins.

Clipper in dry dock early

Guernsey Press

Islanders hoping to travel to the UK on the Commodore Clipper next month should expect disruption – the vessel is going into dry dock earlier than planned.

Sark fire: Barbecue warning issued

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Sark fireman extinguishing the cliff blaze
Kevin Adams

Sark's chief fire officer is warning islanders about using disposable barbecues after his crew battled a huge blaze on cliffs for more than five hours.

Kevin Adams said it was likely the fire was started after a discarded barbecue set fire to scrub underneath it.

He said: "So many people think that because it's in tin foil it's protected. But it burns through, it scorches and then gets hot enough to catch, and that's it."

The island's entire fire crew helped tackle the blaze.

New bus routes for showgoers

BBC Radio Guernsey

Visitors to the North Show will be able to get home this evening via four new bus routes that have been created specifically for the event.

Starting from 21:00 in the evening, routes one to four will take islanders from Saumarez Park to numerous destinations including St Peter Port, the Bridge and St Martins.

More information can be found by visiting the Guernsey buses website.

Swastika vandalism 'the worst yet' for war bunkers

Rob England

BBC News Online

Bunker graffiti
States of Jersey Police

Jersey's war bunkers have suffered their "worst attack yet" by vandals according to the head of the Channel Islands Occupation Society.

Forty swastikas were sprayed on to Nazi World War Two bunkers at Noirmont, Corbiere, Les Landes and in St Ouen's.

Colin Isherwood, chairman of the society, said the symbol was "deeply offensive, especially for our German visitors", but the remote location of some of the bunkers made it "very difficult" to catch vandals "red handed".

Black and gold spray paint was used to deface the buildings, built in Jersey as part of Adolf Hitler's Atlantic wall fortification plans.

This is the second incident of its kind in the last two months, and Mr Isherwood said it was "unusual", and "seems to be the worst attack so far".

Jersey police are appealing for information.

Islands could be 'overlooked' in Brexit negotiations

BBC Radio Jersey

Union and EU flags
BBC

A Cambridge professor says the complex Brexit negotiations facing the UK government could lead to smaller regions, such as the Channel Islands, being overlooked.

The UK government has set out its position regarding trade between the Crown Dependencies and the UK, wanting guarantees that no new barriers or tariffs will be applied to goods already on sale in the European Union.

However Prof Catherine Barnard, an expert on European law, said concerns have already been raised about the level of consultation between devolved administrations and the UK government, and if their particular needs are being paid enough interest.

"There is concern that because the whole Brexit process is so large and so complicated, it will take time, it will take all the government's resource and the sad thing is that smaller regions may get overlooked in the process," she said.

Mostly dry afternoon for Channel Islands

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It will be a nice bright day, with the chance of a couple of showers.

But the bulk of the day will be dry, there'll just be a moderate-to-fresh breeze around. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Channel Islands weather forecast
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Breaking40 swastikas sprayed on Nazi war bunkers

Rob England

BBC News Online

swastika graffiti
States of Jersey police

Vandals have sprayed 40 swastikas onto three Nazi World War Two bunkers at Noirmont Point in Jersey, police say.

The symbols were daubed on the bunkers using black and gold spray paint.

swastika graffiti
States of Jersey police

Police said the vandalism took place over the last week.

The bunkers are managed by the Channel Islands Occupation Society, who have reported such incidents before.

Police are appealing for more information.

Deregulate Airbnb rules - Twitter reaction

A number of islanders have called for the States to reconsider its position on home sharing app Airbnb.

Under the 1948-98 Tourist (Guernsey) Laws all private dwellings housing paid visitors must have an annual boarding permit, issued by the Committee for Economic Development at a cost of £50.

The reminder comes after a recent 8.3% rise in staying leisure visitors in the three months to June, buoyed in part by the growing popularity of sites Airbnb, Owners Direct and Cottages Direct.

Many have called for the States to scrap the law:

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Animal trapping allowed under order

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Environment Minister has signed an order allowing the humane trapping of small mammals.

The order allows scientists and wildlife groups to use specific traps to catch small, protected animals in the island if they need to for any conservation and research work.

It is while work is done to update the island wildlife laws to reflect the use of live catch traps.

Sark blaze caused by disposable barbecue - fire chief

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Sark west coast fire, viewed from Guernsey
Richard Lord

It is believed a huge cliff fire on Sark's west coast was started by a disposable barbecue.

Sark's Chief Fire Officer Kevin Adams said it seemed likely the 250m by 150m blaze, which was still being dampened down today, was caused by the barbecue.

"Yesterday evening the wind was blowing from the south, and the barbecue was on the south side of where the flames started.

"So I would say it's probably that the discarded barbecue was too hot and it set fire through the tin foil, and to the scrub underneath."

"I don't know if we could ever prosecute because finding the person would be extremely difficult," he said.

Agricultural show under way

Judging has begun in the exhibit tents at Guernsey's North Show.

Entries of cut flowers, fruit and vegetables, flower arranging, cakes and crafts are all being assessed.

BBC Radio Guernsey's Euan Mahy and Darren Rozier are currently broadcasting live from the agricultural show, you can listen in between now and 13:00.

The show will also see the annual Battle of Flowers tomorrow afternoon.

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Pesticide amnesty after dog death

BBC Radio Jersey

A pesticide amnesty has been launched after a dog died from ingesting a substance banned in Jersey 15 years ago.

People are being asked to hand in any pesticides they no longer need, after the animal died after ingesting Phorate on a walk in the Beauport and Les Creux area in July.

The amnesty appeal comes from the Environment Department, which intends to safely dispose of any banned substances.

Dr Tim Du Feu, Director of Environmental Protection, said the dog's death appeared to be an isolated incident.

Sark fire chief describes 'big orange ball'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Sark fire, seen from Guernsey
Richard Lord

Sark's entire fire crew helped tackle a huge cliff blaze on the west coast of the island on Tuesday night.

It's thought the fire was caused by a disposable barbecue, half-a-mile south of the Pilcher Monument.

No-one was injured, and no properties damaged in the fire, which at one stage was 250m by 100m along an isolated stretch of coast.

Crews faced poor visibility and steep, inaccessible terrain, according to Chief Fire Officer Kevin Adams.

"There wasn't any fog to start with, it was just a big orange ball.

"We couldn't see the base of the fire, we had to scramble through about 50m of scrub to get close enough to find it to start with."

Firemen dampen down the fire on Sark's cliffs
Kevin Adams

"It's taken a long time because of the terrain, we're not mountain goats unfortunately," Mr Adams said.

More than 3,000 gallons of water was used to tackle the fire last night. Sark's entire 15-strong crew was called to fight the blaze.

Firefighters are continuing to dampen down the site his morning.

North Show fireworks warning for pet owners

Secondary pension plans progressing

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

Detailed plans for a secondary pension scheme into which islanders will be automatically enrolled will come before Guernsey's States next year. The scheme is being designed to encourage people to make greater pension savings.

In February 2016, the States discussed an outline proposal from the then Social Security Department for an auto-enrollment pension scheme, before approving such a scheme in principle. Detailed plans are now being worked up.

Potential pension providers are being invited to take part in the procurement process, following a market test which was completed in July.

President of the Committee for Employment and Social Security, Michelle Le Clerc, says this is to ensure that any potential supplier has the appropriate experience to provide the scheme on the scale expected.

If accepted, they will then be invited to tender to provide the pension service later in the year.

North Show ticket sales 'have gone well'

BBC Radio Guernsey

North show clown entertains the crowd
BBC

Organisers are confident of a good turnout for this year's North Show, which begins today.

Judging on a variety of exhibits will get under way from 10:00, with prizes for best fruit and vegetables, livestock and crafts.

Vice President of the North Show, Josh Gabriel, said ticket pre-sales for the event had gone "very well".

Firefighters return to site of cliff blaze

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Firefighters are returning to the site of a cliff fire on the west coast of Sark.

No-one was hurt in the blaze, but a crew fought flames for five hours into the early hours of this morning, according to Sark's Chief Fire Officer, Kevin Adams.

A resident called the fire service at 22:37 after seeing the fire, half a mile south of Pilcher Monument, from his bedroom window.

Mr Adams said most of the fire was on the cliff side which made extinguishing it "hazardous and difficult".

Not all areas of the fire, estimated to be 250m by 100m, could be reached as fog made visibility poor, he said, and the proximity to a steep cliff edge meant it was deemed too dangerous to dampen down all areas.

The cause of the fire is yet to be confirmed, but a discarded single use BBQ and empty wine bottle were found at the scene, Mr Adams said.

The fire service left the site at 03:30, and are returning to the scene this morning to check for any hotspots.

Top Jersey triathlete among competitors

BBC Radio Jersey

Dan Halksworth with bicycle at the Gotland Island Games
BBC

Jersey athlete Dan Halksworth will compete in the Super League Triathlon in the island next month.

He will join former triathlon world champion and Olympic silver medalist Jonathan Brownlee on the start line.

The Super League Triathlon on 23-24 September is one of the biggest events the island has ever hosted.

Jonathan Brownlee shot to fame with his brother Alistair in London five years ago, picking up gold and bronze respectively in their home Olympics, before repeating the success with gold and silver almost a year ago at the Rio games.

Dan Halksworth is Jersey's top triathlete, winning gold at the Gotland Island Games last month, before winning Jersey's own triathalon in 1:56.

Guernsey tide alert approaching

High turnout to hear L'Ancresse wall plans

Edward Rowe

Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Guernsey

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More than 150 islanders attended a public meeting on States plans for the east end of the L'Ancresse anti-tank wall.

The environment committee wants a 130m section of the damaged wall removed and to construct two rock armour groynes which would assist in developing a dune-backed beach.

Committee President Barry Brehaut got a frosty reception, with one person even calling for him to resign.

Many islanders are concerned about flooding, the cost of the project, and how it will affect the beach and losing some of Guernsey's heritage.

Others said the wall was a burden on the taxpayer, and were satisfied with the proposals set out by the committee.

Guernsey's politicians are expected to vote on the plans at a States meeting next month.

You can re-watch the presentation on the States Facebook page.

Lifeboats called to motorboat crash and boat fire

BBC Radio Jersey

St Helier lifeboat
BBC

Two lifeboats were launched last night for two separate back-to-back rescues.

Both St Catherine's and St Helier's lifeboats were called to a motorboat crash. A vessel with 11 people on-board had hit an object south of the Ecrehous, and was taking on water.

It was towed back safely to Gorey Harbour where it was "beached for inspection of damage on the falling tide."

Soon after Jersey Coastguard was then called to a motorboat fire two miles off the Minquiers. The fire was safely put out.

It's currently not known whether there were any injuries.

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Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

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