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Summary

  1. Five arrested in connection with £500k worth of cannabis seized
  2. Senior government leaders meet in Jersey for British Irish Council meeting
  3. 'Large rise' in reports of 'pavement surfing' in Guernsey
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for today.

We'll be back on Monday 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 Electricity to install 330 solar panels

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey Electricity has been given permission to install 330 solar panels on the roof of its building.

Company boss Alan Bates said the installation would help them to "understand the impact of solar panel arrays on a large scale".

Guernsey imports the majority of its power from France at the moment with some island power generated using the Guernsey Electricity diesel power plant.

Mr Bates hopes to have the array installed in the first few months of 2018 and there could be much larger arrays installed in the future if this is successful.

Guernsey Electricity
BBC

Evening weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain becoming increasingly persistent and heavy at times overnight.

It will become windy too, with a risk of gales developing. Minimum Temperature: 10C (50F)

Jersey

Jersey weather
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Guernsey

Guernsey
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States resolves to make IWV referendum binding if turnout exceeds 40%

Guernsey Press

About 12,000 votes will need to be cast for the electoral system to change, after the States resolved to make the island-wide referendum binding as long as the turnout exceeds 40%.

Chief minister apologises over use of disabled parking spaces

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's chief minister has apologised after official states cars were photographed taking up disabled parking spaces.

The cars were parked in clearly marked bays at the El Tico restaurant in St Ouen's Bay.

In a statement on Facebook, Senator Ian Gorst said he had been hosting a delegation for the British Irish conference there, ahead of today's official meetings.

He said he was very sorry the official cars were parked in disabled spaces - and said it was not the kind of behaviour he would condone.

Education criticises college governors' intervention

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Education Committee says it's disappointed by the intervention of the Board of Governors of the College of Further Education in the debate over secondary education.

It comes following a public letter from Chairman of the Board questioning the viability of the education department's reform proposals.

In the open letter to education, Julian Winser describes the three school model being proposed by the Education Committee as "suboptimal, if not unworkable".

He is backing the two school model that would see one College of Further Education covering everything apart from A-levels and the International Bacalaureate.

The Education Committee says the governors have come to this decision before the official release of the policy letter explaining the plans in more detail.

Jersey LG spoke of need to 'talk things through'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Lieutenant Governor has told a group of secondary school students how he sought advice to help him cope with difficult decisions during his military career.

Pupils from Jersey's secondary schools were in the States debating issues surrounding mental health in young men.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton spoke to them at the start of the debate about how sometimes he needed to talk things through while in the Royal Air Force.

Sir Stephen Dalton
Reuters

It's not easy in the military at the moment to talk to your immediate subordinates because they are the people you are telling what to do when it comes to the critical moment. But you often have to find somebody you can speak to who will respect confidentiality but also give you common sense, straightforward unbiased advice.

Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen DaltonJersey Lieutenant Governor

Gale warning issued for Channel Islands

Rob England

BBC News Online

Guernsey pupils dig trenches for WW1 anniversary

BBC Radio Guernsey

School pupils in Guernsey have been experiencing life in the trenches to mark the 100th anniversary of World War One.

The Royal Guernsey Light Infantry left the island to fight in 1917 and two thirds never came home.

Dacia Hearne, a Lecturer at the Guernsey College of Further Education, says it's an important lesson for the youngsters to experience what their ancestors may have been through.

Online sex offender jailed after being caught by vigilante mum

Jersey Evening Post

Sexual predators who use the internet to groom children should be aware they are being watched, an online vigilante has warned after an offender was jailed yesterday.

Phil Sharp faces further technical setback in race

BBC Radio Jersey

Ocean racer Phil Sharp and his fellow skipper have faced further set backs in their bid to win the 13th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre.

Their main satellite link broke in bad weather and they can't download up to date weather reports.

Despite that, Phil Sharp and Pablo Santurde are leading Class 40 in the race from Le Havre, France, to Brazil.

However, their cooker has broken and the pair can't make hot food or tea.

Phil Sharp
Phil Sharp Racing

Restoration of Northern Ireland institutions on BIC agenda

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The British Irish Council says it "looks forward to the restoration of the developed institutions in Northern Ireland as soon as possible" in its statement at the end of the 29th summit.

Representatives of the UK and Irish government joined those of the devolved administrations at the Jersey meeting. The focus was set to be the creative industries, but Paradise Papers and Brexit dominated.

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Companies near the hospital 'in the dark' over plans

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Businesses and residents near Jersey's General Hospital say they haven't been included in discussions on the new hospital building.

There have been a series of public meetings this week about plans to build a £460m hospital on the existing site.

Hospital
BBC

Paul Batterick, from funeral directors Pitcher and Le Quesne, says the building phase will lead to five years of disruption for those living and working in Kensington Place and Lewis Street.

The development will include knocking down two hotels and buildings in Kensington Place with road closures in the area during the six-year build.

He was speaking during the public inquiry into the development. The findings are expected to be released at the end of the year.

Jonny Labey 'delighted' to have his name in lights

BBC Radio Jersey

The family of the Jersey performer Jonny Labey has said his starring role in a West End show was the hardest secret they have had to keep.

Jonny has previously been in Eastenders and Dance Dance Dance.

His latest role will see him star in Strictly Ballroom at the Piccadilly Theatre in London.

In a Facebook post, he said: "Mum and Dad... MY NAME'S LITERALLY GOING TO BE IN LIGHTS!!!

"I'm beyond blessed and honoured to be taking on this role and have a lot of work to do! But Piccadilly Theatre I'm coming for you!".

His dad Mark said they'd known for some time but weren't able to tell anyone.

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Brexit and Paradise Papers dominate British Irish Council press call

Jen Smith

BBC Channel Islands

Today's British and Irish Council press conference was dominated by questions about Brexit and the Paradise Papers.

British Irish Council
BBC

The summit - held in Jersey for the forth time - was attended by dignitaries including Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Irish Taoiseach Leo Vadranka.

Politicians were asked "could the Irish border become a bigger sticking point during Brexit" and what the panel thought of the Paradise Papers.

Senator Ian Gorst told the conference the council had an open and productive dialogue.

Education condemns letter by CFE governors as ‘premature’

Guernsey Press

A letter by the chairman of the College of FE’s board of governors criticising Education’s post-16 plans is premature, unfounded and inaccurate on a number of levels, according to Education.

Guernsey Electricity to install 330 solar panels

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Electricity has been given planning permission to install 330 solar panels on the roof of its building.

The company recently purchased two electric cars and two electric vans and hopes its fleet will be entirely electric in the future.

One of the reasons we are doing this now is that the cost of solar panels have reduced over the last five years to a point where over its 25-year life cycle it is equivalent to our existing energy prices."

Alan BatesGuernsey Electricity CEO

British Irish Council 'family photo' taken

Jen Smith

BBC Channel Islands

Every British Irish Council summit the delegates gather together for a "family photo" and the Jersey summit is no different.

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More work needed to retrain older people in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen says the island needs to make it easier for older people to retrain and change careers.

Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen
BBC

She says the island is doing a great job of supplying young people with an array of skills but when it comes to training people for a career change later in life not enough is being done.

Deputy Dudley-Owen was speaking ahead of the British Irish Council meeting in Jersey today. The main topic of the meeting is the creative industries including technology.

She will join senior Guernsey politician Deputy Gavin St Pier at the meeting which will also be attending by Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and representatives from Ireland, Westminster and Wales.

'Disappointment' at lack of Northern Ireland representation

BBC News Northern Ireland

Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, expressed disappointment that nobody from the Northern Ireland government was able to attend the British Irish Council summit.

Senator Ian Gorst
PA

The British Irish Council was created as part of the Good Friday Agreement and includes the UK government, Irish government and devolved British administrations.

The political deadlock in NI and Brexit are expected to top the agenda.

Last year, the Northern Ireland Executive was represented by former first minister Arlene Foster and the late Martin McGuinness as deputy first minister.

This year, the failure of the talks aimed at restoring devolution means that Stormont's seats at the table in Jersey are empty.

Emergency gas repair on Delancey Lane

Drivers are being urged to be careful when driving down the lower section of Delancey Lane in St Sampson Guernsey while emergency gas repairs are taking place.

During these works, contractors will be working on the pavement area.

Drivers are asked to take extra care when passing the works.

UK government 'must respect Guernsey's standing' in Brexit deal

BBC Radio Guernsey

The UK government "must respect Guernsey's standing" as a Crown Dependency during Brexit negotiations according to the vice president of the Policy and Resources Committee.

Deputy Lyndon Trott
BBC

The States of Guernsey gave the go-ahead for the preparation of laws that will allow the island to act quickly to protect its own interests as negotiations continue.

Deputy Lyndon Trott says the proposals being passed sends out a message the States is united on its key issues.

Representatives from Guernsey, Westminster, Scotland and other parts of the British Isles are in Jersey today for the British Irish Council.

Data protection commissioner resigns

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Information Commissioner, Emma Martins, is leaving the role after 14 years in the job.

Emma Martins
BBC

She has been responsible for data protection issues in Jersey since 2004 and Guernsey since 2011.

That is due to change though as Jersey is now looking to update its data protection laws which prompted Guernsey to decide to have its own commissioner rather than one dealing with two different laws.

Mrs Martin is due to leave in March with Jersey's new laws in place from May.

Sturgeon 'substantially in dark' over Brexit talks

BBC News Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon has accused the UK government of leaving devolved administrations "substantially in the dark" on key Brexit talks.

Her comments come ahead of a meeting of the British Irish Council in Jersey.

She called on the UK government to make good on its promise to give the devolved administrations a "genuine role" in discussions.

The UK government said there had been an unprecedented level of engagement.

Nicola Sturgeon
PA

'Drink-driver crashed into wall three times'

Jersey Evening Post

A 50-year-old drink-driver crashed her car into a wall three times before leaving her damaged vehicle in a nearby field and running away from the scene, a court has heard.

Today's weather: Rain clearing with sunshine later

BBC Weather

Cloudy with some patchy rain at first, but it will become drier and brighter by midday with some sunshine this afternoon.

Clouding over later with some rain developing by evening. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Jersey

Jersey weather
BBC

Guernsey

Guernsey weather
BBC

Watch out for 'fake' TV Licensing emails

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

States of Jersey Police say there has been a rise in the number of "bogus TV Licensing" emails being sent out to people and urged anyone who gets one to ignore it and get in touch with the force.

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Jersey rapper welcomes council attendees

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The British Irish Council is being held in Jersey this year with a focus on creative industries and technology.

Jersey rapper, Just Muz, welcomed attendees yesterday with a poem about the importance of communication.

He made headlines last year when a video of him rapping about maths went viral.

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Wind warning issued for the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Jersey Met has issued an orange level wind warning for the Channel Islands. It is expecting winds of up to gale force eight later today.

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BreakingFive arrested in connection with £500k worth of cannabis seized

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Five men have been arrested in Jersey in connection with an attempt to import four stone (30kg) of cannabis worth an estimated £500,000.

Officers also seized about £35,000 of cash as part of the "intelligence led operation".

More details expected later.

Armed police on patrol for British Irish Council meeting

BBC Radio Jersey

Armed Police officers will be on duty in Jersey today as senior government leaders meet in the island, including the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

It's the first day of a British Irish Council meeting, which brings together senior figures from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Crown Dependencies and the Irish government.

States of Jersey Police say about 35 officers will be at the event in total including a small contingent of officers from outside of the island.

'Large rise' in fines for 'pavement surfing' in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

There has been an increase in the number of fixed penalty notices issued for drivers "pavement surfing" in Guernsey this year compared to 2016.

It's when a driver mounts the pavement on a narrow road and drives along the pavement until there is more space for them to rejoin the road.

Guernsey Police have issued 94 notices in 2017 compared to 16 last year.

Driving instructor Ken Diamond said the rise is probably because the public is more aware of the safety risks around "pavement surfing" rather than an increase in the number of actual cases.

Nicola Sturgeon's Brexit fears ahead of Jersey meeting

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Scotland's First Minister has been speaking out about her fears for Brexit ahead of a high profile meeting in Jersey.

She claims her country and others with their own government are being kept in the dark over negotiations with the EU.

Nicola Sturgeon
PA

Nicola Sturgeon was speaking ahead of the first day of a British Irish Council meeting in the island today.

It's the fourth time the meeting, which brings together senior figures from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Crown Dependencies and the Irish government, has been held in Jersey.

Since the Brexit vote, the UK government has reassured Jersey's politicians, on several occasions, that the island's interests will be taken into account during the divorce negotiations.

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Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

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