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  1. Jersey skier died of 'multiple injuries'
  2. Guernsey compulsory voting 'not the solution' to raising turnout
  3. Alderney airline conducts helicopter trials
  4. Admiral Park 'hoax call' investigation ongoing
  5. Brexit challenge 'difficult, technical and constant'
  6. Herm's chief executive to step down
  7. Number of people in Guernsey out of work falls
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for today.

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.

Guernsey weather data: Contrasting September and October

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

September 2017 was wetter, duller, and cooler than average, according to data released by the Guernsey Met Department.

Rainfall was more than 30mm more than the September average.

October was milder and drier than average, with the average temperature 13.7C (57F), nearly one degree higher than average.

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Lift-sharing leaflet issued by Jersey Police

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A leaflet from the Arrive Alive campaign is warning ride-sharers in Jersey of the dangers of paying for lifts from strangers.

States of Jersey Police leaflet
States of Jersey Police

Sark and Herm 4G coverage 'below targets'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Herm island beach

Mobile phone coverage on mobile 4G networks on Sark and Herm falls below targets set by the Channel Islands' regulator.

CICRA says there are "particular issues" on the islands owing to their terrain and the existing masts. Overall, 4G coverage was rated as excellent when Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney were included.

"We are facilitating discussions between operators and those jurisdictions to see where things can be further improved,” CEO Michael Byrne said.

There have been no complaints from island customers, he said, but where 4G coverage was limited, operators have made modifications to the existing 3G networks to improve speed.

Air Alderney: Second aircraft 'on the way'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Alderney, viewed by air

An airline hoping to operate commercial flights from Alderney says a second aircraft is due on the island "in a matter of weeks", as it prepares to launch.

Air Alderney is yet to receive an Air Operator Certificate to carry passengers, but is conducting trials including helicopter flights.

In an update on Facebook, the company said:

  • The airline's first aircraft is in Alderney, with a second named 2-BILL due there "in a matter of weeks"
  • Three pilots have been recruited, and efforts are continuing to secure ground handling services locally and at destination airports
  • An airport office is operational and an office in Victoria Street will open in the coming weeks to handle reservations
  • The airline intends to offer direct flights from Alderney to Jersey, Cherbourg, Solent, and a summer service to Brighton
  • No launch date has been confirmed

Banned pesticide 'used to reduce' further chemical use

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey farmers are using a weedkiller banned by the European Parliament to reduce the need for chemicals after planting, Jersey's farmers union says.

Peter Le Maistre believes glyphosate-based herbicides are used mainly for cereals and are more common in the UK than in Jersey.

He says it isn't sprayed on bare soil but on weeds and grass.

"Some farmers believe that by burning off grass before you ploughed in, you reduce the amount of weeds that will come up once the potatoes are planted, so consequently you don't have to use as much chemical after."

'Open forum' with Sark's Seigneur

BBC Radio Guernsey

Major Christopher Beaumont in 2016

The head of the island of Sark Major Christopher Beaumont is to discuss his vision for the future of the island.

Sark's Chamber of Commerce is hosting the open event on 21 November 2017 at the Sark Sanctuary Centre.

Mr Beaumont inherited the title from his father, Michael, who died in July 2016.

He's expected to talk about his plans for La Seigneurie, the ancestral home his mother and father had moved out from.

Weather update: Cloud thickens for mild evening

BBC Weather

Cloud will start to thicken from the north later today.

It will lead to a milder night than of late, but some clear spells are possible allowing the odd patch of mist or fog to form.


Jersey weather forecast


Guernsey weather forecast

'Buyer beware, rust is not your colour'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A car for sale in a Guernsey car park

The States of Guernsey has launched an initiative to try and stop cars being left for sale in coastal car parks

Rather than making all car parks disc zones, and subject to charges, the environment and infrastructure committee will place signs at popular car parks, including Vazon and Cobo.

From Monday, expect to see the following messages:

"Guernsey’s beautiful west coast, famous for its wrecks…..So we don’t need any sold from this car park."

"Buyer beware, rust is not your colour! Salt is very corrosive, don’t waste your money. Please don’t buy vehicles from this car park."

Vale Castle car park will, however, be subject to parking charges as it moves to a "23-hour approved parking place" after vehicles were being left in the car park for extended periods of time, the States said.

Police negotiators were used 30 times last year

Jersey Evening Post

Police negotiators were deployed on more than 30 jobs last year, almost all of them related to suicide prevention, figures released to the JEP show.

Guernsey FA Cup draw: Round two

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey FA Cup trophy

The big boys of the top Priaulx League enter the Guernsey FA Cup in the second round.

This morning's draw included both the first and second rounds, and will see Alderney face North.

Here's the full draw:

Manzur FC or Rovers AC Vets vs Rovers AC Jackson or Centrals FC

Rovers AC vs Valencia or Red Lion

Vale Recreation FC or Rovers AC Railway vs UCF Sylvans

St Martins vs Manzur Yew or Drainforce North

Police or Rangers vs Belgrave Wanderers or St Martins

Kitchen Transformations or Rocquaine Pirates vs Sylvans SC Railway or Thrive Physiotherapy

Alderney vs North

London House Bels or CF Independent vs Rangers

Sylvans SC Railway vs Thrive Physiotherapy

'Lone hornet' sparks States appeal

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Asian hornet

The sighting of a lone Asian hornet flying near Guernsey's Belvedere field in St Peter Port has prompted a States of Guernsey appeal.

Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services is asking all land and property owners living within a 2km radius of the Belvedere lookout to check all trees, hedges, outbuildings, attic spaces and walls for signs of a nest.

Should you discover any hornets, you are asked to email or call the States.

Queen hornets will shortly be leaving the nest over the winter, with survivors going on to build new nests next year.

The States says it is therefore important any nests are found soon.

Police warn drivers charging for lifts

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey police could ask insurance companies to withdraw cover from people who offer lifts in their vehicles for money on social media.

Police are issuing leaflets to people advertising their services on Jersey Lifts, warning they will pass on their registration number to insurers.

The leaflet has been created with the support of local insurers.

In a statement Jersey Lifts said police have taken a "heavy-handed, oppressive, tone" and provided "vague information on legal repercussions".

Jersey weather data: 'Eighth wettest September on record'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

September was the wettest in 24 years, according to data released by the Jersey Met Department.

The month was much wetter, a little cooler, and duller than average, with more than double the average rain falling.

In October, temperatures were a degree higher than the monthly average, and total rainfall was significantly lower than the 30-year average.

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CICRA: Download speeds can be '10 times' higher than target

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Michael Byrne, CICRA CEO

The Channel Islands' competition regulator says average speeds and coverage on the islands' mobile 4G networks are "excellent".

The group recently tested 4G coverage across Jersey, Guernsey. Alderney, Sark and Herm.

“In most cases Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney are achieving download speeds and coverage that are 10 times more than the target and exceeding those in much of the UK; these are excellent results for telecoms customers,” CEO Michael Byrne said.

“Overall this is very good news for the Channel Islands and demonstrates our mobile connectivity is among the best in the British Isles.”

New Herm boss in 'good place' to take on role

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Belvoir Bay, Herm
Who would want to work in Herm?

Herm's outgoing chief executive says his successor's experience means he's in a "good place" to takeover running the island.

Jonathan Watson is stepping down from his role next month after nine years in the job.

Craig Senior, who has management experience in the UK hospitality sector, is taking on the CEO role

Mr Watson said: "He comes from a hospitality and leisure background in the UK, where he operates multi-sites.

"I think he'll be in a good place to pick the reins up and work with the team here on the island."

Jersey minister: Pesticide banned by EU 'will continue' to be used

BBC Radio Jersey

Farmers in Jersey

Jersey's environment minister says island farmers will continue to use a pesticide banned by the EU.

Glyphosate is commonly used in Jersey, but has been banned from 2022, with its use being restricted in the meantime.

The cancer research arm of the World Health Organization says glyphosate could cause cancer, but other organisations say the research hasn't proved a danger, and the chemical is safe.

Deputy Steve Luce says people in Jersey will continue to use glyphosate ahead of the ban coming into force.

"It's a very important chemical, but it's only used by certified operators using machines which are properly calibrated every year, passing all the codes of conduct.

"The product we use is tested, and tested, and tested."

Political party calls for higher minimum wage

Jersey Evening Post

Calls to increase the minimum wage by a further 38p per hour, on top of the 21p already proposed, have been made by Jersey’s only political party.

Wait nearly over for new Saumarez Park playground area

Guernsey Press

Grass is now all that stands between young people and the new section of playground at Saumarez Park.

Alderney airline conducts helicopter trials

BBC Radio Guernsey

Air Alderney branded helicopter
Air Alderney

An airline hoping to offer flights from Alderney to Jersey, France and the south of England says it's trialing a helicopter this week.

In a Facebook post Air Alderney said it was exploring possibilities at how the island can be best served by air.

It said: "As such we are trialing a helicopter this week to ascertain whether this could be beneficial in medevac circumstances."

The airline said it was "working hard" to obtain an Air Operator Certificate so it can begin commercial flights.

Duo to represent Guernsey at British-Irish Council

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

Deputies Gavin St Pier and Andrea Dudley-Owen

Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen will represent Guernsey alongside the island's most senior politician, Deputy Gavin St Pier, at next week's British-Irish Council meeting in Jersey.

Elected for the first time in 2016, Deputy Dudley-Owen has committee roles with responsibility for the economy, education, sport and culture.

Jersey's Chief Minister Ian Gorst will host the 29th council meeting, the fourth time it's been held in the island.

Leaders and ministers from the council's member administrations will attend.

One of the main topics of discussion will be the approach each takes to the creative industries.

Man hit by van while 'lying down in road'

Jersey Evening Post

An Islander was injured after being hit by a van while apparently lying down in a road in the early hours of today.

Admiral Park 'hoax call' investigation ongoing

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Police at Admiral Park during a bomb scare on Wednesday 1 November 2017

An investigation into yesterday's incident at Admiral Park is "ongoing", Guernsey Police have said.

The Waitrose building and car park had to be evacuated after staff at the supermarket contacted police.

"Enquiries are progressing in order to identify where the hoax call came from," a police statement said.

"Officers are speaking to a number of people who are currently assisting with our enquiries."

Missing children: Jersey Police deal with 569 reports in 2017

Claire Peters

BBC Channel Islands News

Young person holds head in hands
Getty Images

Jersey Police are dealing with a large increase in the number of children reported missing.

On average, police are dealing with 13 cases each week, with 569 reports of missing young people in Jersey so far this year.

And while most of them are found within 24 hours there's also been a rise in under-18s going missing for longer.

Figures obtained by the BBC show a 30% increase on 2016, and 70% rise on 2012.

Many of the reports, however, relate to the same children going missing on multiple occasions.

Police forces in England and Wales received one call every 90 seconds last year about a missing person, official figures show.

To date, there have been 30 cases in Jersey this year when a child didn't return for more than two days.

Police say that's due to a spike in individuals who are in care running away for the weekend and camping around the island.

Guernsey FA Cup draw: Holders face Railway side

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

FA Cup with sponsor Ian Stewart (left) and Chris Schofield (right)

Vale Recreation, the winner of Guernsey's 2016/17 FA Cup, face a third-tier Rovers side in the first round of the FA Cup.

Twenty sides were in the draw for the first round this morning at the Corbet Field.

Should they win, the holders will go on to play fellow Priaulx side Sylvans, who received a bye to the second round, along with Rovers, St Martins, Alderney, North and Rangers.

Here's the draw:

Manzur FC vs Rovers AC Vets

Vale Recreation FC vs Rovers AC Railway

Kitchen Transformations vs Rocquaine Pirates

Mazur Yew vs Drainforce North

London House Bels vs CF Independent

Police vs Rangers

Sylvans SC Railway vs Thrive Physiotherapy

Valencia vs Red Lion

Belgrave Wanderers v St Martins

Rovers AC Jackson vs Centrals FC

Mobile coverage 'better than major UK cities'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A woman looking at a smartphone

Mobile phone 4G coverage in the Channel Islands is better than many major cities in the UK, according to recent findings by competition regulator CICRA.

The body commissioned tests of 4G coverage in Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm.

Network coverage extended to more than 95% of Jersey and Guernsey, with all three operators - JT, Sure, and Airtel - achieving download speeds high enough to allow the streaming of standard videos.

Freeman adapting well at Exeter

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Former Jersey back-row James Freeman says he is adapting well to the step up to Premiership rugby with champions Exeter.

The 26-year-old moved to the club in the summer after two years with the islanders, and is set to make his debut in the weekend's Anglo-Welsh Cup tie with Northampton.

"It's been a great change of pace," Freeman told BBC Sport. "Coming up to speed with everything has been a challenge and one I'm still undertaking, but it's going well."

James Freeman
Rex Features

Freeman scored 16 tries in his two years at Jersey as he helped the club to last season's British & Irish Cup final and their highest-ever finish in the Championship.

Despite scoring so many tries, he says he is becoming even more attack-minded at Exeter.

"Game plans tends to differ and I tended to mould myself into quite a defensive player back at Jersey," he said.

"Here I've got more carrying and more time on the ball and things like that - it's steadily starting to improve and hopefully when I make my debut then I'll be able to transfer that across."

Consult public on hospital appearance - Jersey architect

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey hospital's proposed atrium
States of Jersey

Plans for Jersey's new hospital need to be shared more freely with islanders, it has been claimed.

Jersey architect Mike Waddington is unhappy many of the plans haven't been seen by the public, who he says should have a say in what it eventually looks like.

He thinks the appearance of the exterior of the building is particularly important.

"The new building is undoubtedly going to be tall and has to be able to fit in with its context and streetscape.

"I think it has to say something about Jersey, and it has to say something about a civic building, which is undoubtedly what it needs to be," he said.

Herm boss stepping down

BBC Radio Guernsey

Shell Beach, Herm

Herm's chief executive is stepping down from his role next month.

Jonathan Watson has been responsible for the island's businesses and promotion since 2008.

Then, the States of Guernsey oversaw the sale of the island's lease to a charitable trust.

Mr Watson has 27 years' experience in the hospitality industry, primarily in hotels across the UK and the Channel Islands.

Craig Senior has been named as his replacement.

Guernsey sides waiting on FA Cup draw

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey football fans will be eyeing up any potential cup upsets when the local FA Cup first round draw happens at 10:30 this morning.

The draw, taking place at the Corbet Field, will see 26 teams find out who they are playing in fixtures due to begin in November.

The quarter-finals and semi-finals are scheduled for March and April respectively, followed by the final in May.

Number of people in Guernsey out of work falls

BBC Radio Guernsey

Latest figures show unemployment in Guernsey is continuing to fall, with 276 people out of work at the end of September.

The number is down by 91 from the same time in 2016, with the number of adverts increasing at the job centre to 552.

Guernsey High Street

There is a particularly buoyant market at the moment with jobs available across all sectors, resulting in a drop in the number of jobseekers without work. There are a number of new ventures opening up in Guernsey and expansions among existing organisations, which is positive both from an employment perspective but also in terms of the wider economy"

Deputy Michelle Le ClercPresident, Employment and Social Security Committee

Weather: Cloudy, mild day for the islands

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

No risk of mist or fog patches in the Channel Islands today, but a rather cloudy day with some sunny spells developing.

Temperatures will peak at 15C (59F).

Alex Osborne presenting the Channel Islands weather forecast for Thursday 2 November

Travel: Guernsey road closures continue

BBC Radio Guernsey

Traffic being

Traffic is being directed again this morning as drivers try to navigate their way around the Vale Road closure

The commuter route is closed for 12 weeks, with bus route 22 suspended and 21 operating via the Bridge. Elsewhere:

  • Route de Saumarez is closed until tomorrow, affecting bus routes 41 and P2
  • The Val des Terres is closed for cliff stabilisation work until 26 November
  • La Gibauderie is closed between Dalgairns Road and Elm Grove until next Friday

Jersey Brexit challenge 'difficult, technical and constant'

BBC Radio Jersey

Union and Eu flags at Brussels

Jersey's chief minister says challenges facing the island as the UK negotiates leaving Europe will only get harder as the process unfolds.

On Wednesday, Jersey's politicians discussed how Brexit may have an impact on the island.

It's thought the agriculture and fisheries industries could lose about £500,000 in tariffs every year.

Senator Ian Gorst said the process still had a long way to go between now and the beginning of 2019, when Britain is due to formally leave the EU.

"It's quite difficult, it's technical work, it also requires great diplomacy skills, but if we're honest the hard work is only just beginning, it's going to be constant."

Increase in children reported missing in Jersey

BBC Channel Islands News

There's been a 30% increase in reports of missing children in Jersey, figures from the police show.

The numbers obtained by the BBC show so far in 2017, 13 children-a-week went missing, a rise from eight-a-week in 2016.

Of those reports, there's been a significant rise in the number of children missing for more than two days.

Compulsory voting 'not the solution' to raising turnout

BBC Radio Guernsey

Polling stations in Guernsey's 2016 election

Guernsey should not go down the road of making it compulsory for islanders to vote in elections, according to a senior politician.

Castel deputy and advocate Chris Green is responding after the suggestion by Deputy Barry Paint.

Some countries like Australia, Belgium, and Brazil legally require eligible citizens at home and abroad to vote.

Deputy Green says rather than making it compulsory, islanders should instead be made to register on the electoral roll.

"The problem we're talking about is perhaps a perceived, or lack, of engagement in politics.

"I think there are other solutions, I don't think compulsory voting is the right solution," he said.

Jersey skier died of 'multiple injuries'

BBC Radio Jersey

Ski slopes at Val d'Isere

An inquest has found a Jersey man died of multiple injuries in a skiing accident.

Mark John le Sueur, 57, who was known as Frank, was on holiday in the French resort of Val d'Isere in February 2017 when he "suffered a heavy fall" while skiing.

The crash knocked him out, and he had a heart attack on the way to hospital, the inquest found.

Medical staff weren't able to resuscitate him.

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BBC News Online

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