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  1. Jersey deputy steps aside 'to clear name' care inquiry accusations
  2. Jersey ex-Bailiff apologises to abuse victims for "island reputation" speech
  3. Arrest after 'attempted burglary' at Guernsey jeweller's
  4. Rules "stretched in Jersey finance quarter development" - scrutiny panel
  5. Guernsey's 201 Squadron to fly again
  6. Updates on Friday 14 July

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Our live coverage

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

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

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 22:30. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Trilingual signs a first

Sarah Bailey

Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Jersey

French lane

Jersey has celebrated its French links on Bastille Day by unveiling new street signs in Hilgrove Street, known as French Lane.

They are the first island signs in three languages: English, French and Jèrriais.

French flags and lighting of monuments in blue, white and red are expected in town.

Lieutenant Governor 'delighted' 201 Squadron to reform

I was delighted to learn that 201 Squadron RAF is set to reform, to operate the P-8A maritime patrol aircraft. The Bailiwick’s links to the squadron date back to the first RAF affiliation programme, in 1939. When the unit disbanded in 2011, the 72-year partnership was thought to be the last one remaining from the original programme. I’m sure that everyone would be very pleased if that relationship was renewed in the future."

Vice Admiral Sir Ian CorderLieutenant Governor of Guernsey

Weather update: Mostly dry overnight

BBC Weather

After a fine evening the cloud will gradually increase and lower overnight with a little patchy rain or drizzle possible by morning. It will become breezier too.


Jersey forecast


Guernsey forecast

Squadron standard in Guernsey 'due to long affiliation'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

After 201 (Guernsey's Own) Squadron disbanded in May 2011 the unit's standard was presented to the island as a symbol of its long-standing affiliation with the island.

The squadron's final parade was held in the island as part of a five-day visit that included visits to primary schools, civic receptions and football matches against local sides.

(Guernsey's Own) Squadron standard being presented to the island

Former members of the units visited the island in October 2011 and the standard was presented to the then Lieutenant Governor Air Marshal Peter Walker and was lodged at Government House.

Sqn Ldr Andy Holden led the party from RAF Kinloss and said at the time: "It's unique, long-lasting affiliation and it's something that needs to continue.

"We do hope in the future the squadron will reform and the future officer commanding comes here to collect the standard and re-energise the affiliation."

Heathrow link 'would be unviable'

Jersey Evening Post

Direct flights from Jersey to Heathrow have not been a success in the past and would be unviable if they were reintroduced, Ports of Jersey’s chief executive has said.

Opera festival raises £26,000 for charities

BBC Radio Jersey

The organisers of an opera festival have raised £26,000 for two Jersey charities.

The annual Domaine Des Vaux Opera Festival, which is now in its 30th year, will donate the money to St John Ambulance and Jersey Zoo.

Committee responds to hydrocarbons programme questions

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Environment and Infrastructure Committee has responded to questions tabled by Deputy Barry Paint about the wisdom of pressing ahead with a new hydrocarbons supply programme to import oil and gas, including a possible deep berth for ships.

Deputy Paint sent written questions to the committee to scrutinise spending so far, saying he had been told a new jetty could cost up to £4m.

The committee stated that consultants involved in investigating various options had found no evidence of pending restrictions on tankers lying aground if an island berth wasn't big enough, but, equally, there had been no assurances that the UK and the EU wouldn't introduce restrictions.

Athletics: Chalmers qualifies for final in Bydgoszcz

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Third place in his heat sees Guernsey's Cameron Chalmers qualify for the 400m final at the European Athletics U23 Championships.

Competing for Great Britain, he ran in 46.32 seconds to finish behind Norwegian Karsten Warholm (46.06) and Italian Daniele Corsa (46.20).

Highlands bullying claim: Education Department are investigating

Jersey Evening Post

The Education Department has said it is working closely with unions, governors and the principal of Highlands following claims in the States that staff at the college were being bullied and harassed.

Deputy steps aside 'to clear name'

BBC Radio Jersey

Deputy Andrew Lewis has stepped aside as the leader of a scrutiny panel to clear his name of charges he lied to the care inquiry and Jersey's States, he says.

He's the head of the Public Accounts Committee, which oversees how public money is spent.

The Jersey Care Inquiry found he had lied over the handling of the suspension of the former police chief Graham Power.

Deputy Andrew Lewis said he acted with integrity and did not deliberately mislead anyone.

Park dog sign vandals 'face prosecution'

Guernsey Press

Whoever vandalised signs at Delancey Park telling dog owners to keep their animals under control risks being prosecuted, parish constable Paul Le Pelley said.

Squadrons have 'long and distinguished record'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

It is also a great pleasure to welcome back 120 and 201 Squadrons. Both have long and distinguished records serving in the maritime role and together they will help forge the next generation Royal Air Force."

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen HillierChief of the Air Staff
201 Squadron held a final public parade in Guernsey before it was disbanded

Nine P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes will be operated by 120 Squadron and Guernsey's reformed 201 Squadron from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland.

Their role will be to helping protect the UK’s submarine-deployed nuclear deterrent and its two new aircraft carriers.

In World War Two, 120 Squadron was the RAF’s highest scoring anti-submarine unit with 14 kills.

The origins of 201 Squadron can be traced back to the formation of No 1 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service in 1914.

Both squadrons disbanded in May 2011 after the withdrawal of the Nimrods from service.

Wing Commander James Hanson will oversee the formation of 120 Squadron from April 2018 with 201 Squadron forming in 2021.

Guernsey university applications down a fifth

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The number of applications from people in Guernsey to study at UK Universities has dropped by 21% this year, UCAS figures show.

Some 260 people applied from Guernsey to start studying later this year, down from 330 the year before.

It's the fewest number of applications in the past five years, and mirrors an overall decline in UK applications by the 30 June 2017 deadline.

In the UK, 649,700 applied, 4% down on 2016.

Jersey's number of applications has increased marginally, up from 560 to 570 - the highest in five years.

University graduates

Jersey Reds: Four new signings for Championship club

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds have announced four new signings ahead of the 2017-18 Championship campaign.

Lock Jerry Sexton, who's the brother of British and Irish Lions fly-half Jonny, has joined after facing the Reds three times last season for London Irish.

Former Welsh Under-20s international back-row Rory Pitman, Australian scrum-half Tim Duschene and South African back Scott van Breda have also signed for Harvey Biljon's side.

Jerry Sexton
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201 Squadron to take on anti-submarine and search and rescue roles

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey's reformed 201 Squadron will fly the new US-made P-8A Poseidon from 2021.

Here are some facts about the aircraft:

  • The planes are to be used in anti-submarine and also maritime search and rescue roles
  • More than 400 additional service personnel are to be stationed at RAF Lossiemouth to work in the new squadrons
  • £400m to be invested in support infrastructure for the planes
  • Manufacturers Boeing says the P-8 can fly up to 41,000ft and travel up to 490 knots
  • It carries sonobuoys, which are dropped to provide underwater sonar
  • The crew can also control unmanned air vehicles
  • It is currently in service with the American, Australian and Indian air forces
P-8A Poseidon

Ex-politician sues bowls clubs for refusing him membership

Jersey Evening Post

A former Senator is suing four lawn bowling clubs who he claims have caused him ‘embarrassment and hurt’ by refusing to admit him as a member.

Police investigating missing milk

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Police are appealing for information after a crate containing 20 litres of semi-skimmed milk was taken from a milk van in the Trinity Square, St Peter Port.

The incident occurred on Thursday 13 July, between 06:15 and 07:15.

Guernsey milk in crates

Former Bailiff offers abuse apology

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's former Bailiff has offered an apology to abuse victims for a speech he made in 2008.

However, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache disagreed with the findings of the Jersey Care Inquiry, which said the speech he made about child abuse had been a "grave political error".

Speaking in 2008, Sir Philip said while all child abuse was scandalous, it was "the denigration of Jersey and her people that is the real scandal".

The inquiry report said he made a mistake in linking Jersey's reputation to the abuse investigation.

Despite offering an apology, Sir Philip said no victims of abuse had ever contacted him to say they were upset by his comments.

Sir Philip Bailhache

I'm sorry if I have caused offence to any individual who suffered abuse and misunderstood what I was saying. I would be very upset if that were the position."

Sir Philip Bailhacheformer Jersey Bailiff

201 Squadron to fly again

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey's 201 Squadron will return to the skies in 2021.

Along with 120 Squadron, it is being reformed to fly the first of the P-8A Poseidon planes, which will carry out anti-submarine and also maritime search and rescue roles.

The origins of 201 Sqn can be traced back to 1914 and it has been linked to the island since 1939.

RAF Lossiemouth
A total of nine new maritime patrol aircraft will fly from RAF Lossiemouth

Last day for your views on working longer

BBC Radio Guernsey

Population projections in Guernsey
States of Guernsey

Today is the final day to have your say on proposals to support people in Guernsey to enable them to work for longer.

It follows a decision by the States to increase Guernsey's pension age to 70 by 2049.

The Committee for Employment and Social Security has been consulting islanders on their Longer Working Lives proposals.

Jersey-bound jet makes emergency landing after bird strike

Jersey Evening Post

A passenger jet en route to Jersey was forced to make an emergency landing following a bird strike during take-off.

GFC fixtures released for 2017/18

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC in action
Fran Torode

GFC will kick off their Isthmian Division One South campaign at home for the first time ever.

They start the season at home to East Grinstead Town on Saturday 12 August for the season's curtain raiser.

The Sarnians then head to Lewes for their first away match on Wednesday 16 August.

Over Christmas, they face Greenwich Borough away on the 23 December, before returning home to take on Horsham on Boxing Day.

They end the season in 2018 with games against Phoenix Sports at home on Sunday 22 April, and then Cray Wanderers away on Saturday 28 April.

Women’s Development Forum is taking a break to reshape

Guernsey Press

The Women’s Development Forum is taking a six-month break and will use that time to reinvent itself for a comeback in 2018.

Internees at German religious festival

Annie Knowlson

Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Jersey

Former Jersey internees are attending a local festival in the town where they were imprisoned during World War Two.

The group from Jersey has travelled to Bad Wurzach to mark the friendship between the town and the island.

They will watch the parade of the Holy Blood Festival, in which Jersey's Catholic Dean, Monsignor Nicholas France, will travel in a special carriage with the local Bishop covered in flowers as part of a procession including 1,200 horses.

Bad Wurzach

'Epic' triathletes still going strong

Finance centre's £50m loss 'concealed'

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey scrutiny panel has claimed a confidential report predicted the Waterfront finance development would make a loss of £50m, but was not shown to States members before they approved plans.

The panel has reviewed how the development progressed and its financial implications.

Panel chairman Deputy John le Fondre said the necessary pre-let requirements weren't signed before work began so it shouldn't have been allowed to start.

He also claimed to have seen a confidential report which concluded the development would make a loss instead of the £70m profit initially forecast.

Deputy Le Fondre claimed ministers must have known about it before the States debate.

An impression of the plans for the International Finance Centre
Jersey Development Company

Jersey-born Pitman makes switch to Pompey

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey-born striker Brett Pitman has completed his move from Ipswich Town to Portsmouth on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old has had previous spells with Bournemouth and Bristol City.

"I don't see this as a drop down, I see it as an opportunity to push on and hopefully get promoted again," he said.

Brett Pitman
Getty Images

Mediator proposal in taxi fares dispute

Jersey Evening Post

A mediator will be appointed to help resolve a dispute over fare structures between the Infrastructure Minister and taxi and cab drivers, if proposals are passed by the States.

What on earth was that? Watson into mixed doubles semis

BBC Sport

Watch some of the best shots from Guernsey's Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen's win over Rohan Bopana and Gabriela Dabrowski in the mixed doubles quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

They are third up today on court number one later.

Window damaged in 'attempted burglary'

BBC Radio Guernsey

This is the window at Time Jewellers, on The Bridge, St Sampsons, which was damaged overnight.

A man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary.

Damage to window at Time Jewellers

Watson third up in mixed doubles today

BBC Sport

Guernsey's Heather Watson and partner Henri Kontinen are third up today on court number one for their Wimbledon mixed-doubles semi-final.

Play gets under way at 13:00, with two women's doubles semi-finals before the Sarnian plays.

Watson and Finland's Kontinen, who won the title last year, face Brazilian Bruno Soares and Russian Elena Vesnina, in the semi-finals.

They progressed after a 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 7-5 win over India's Rohan Bopanna and Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski and will play the second-seeded pair.

Heather Watson of Great Britain and Henri Kontinen of Finland acknowledge the crowd as they celebrate victory after the Mixed Doubles quarter final match against Rohan Bopanna of India and Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada on day 10 of Wimbledon
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Diver treatment 'too expensive' for insurer

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's old hyperbaric chamber

Insurance for some divers in Guernsey is being withdrawn over concerns the cost of treatment for decompression sickness is too expensive to cover.

One provider has withdrawn its policy for Guernsey divers after the introduction of a one-off fee of £30,000 for the use of Guernsey's hyperbaric chamber, which is rarely used.

Such chambers are used to treat divers with decompression sickness - the bends - if they surface too quickly, resulting in nitrogen bubbles forming in blood.

The BBC understands some divers are having to stop until they can find a new policy.

It cost the Health and Social Care Committee £36,000 to maintain the chamber in the first six months of 2017.

The facility was previously provided by St John until 2014, but is now rented by the committee.

The chamber hasn't been used yet this year, but was on four separate occasions in 2016.

'Broken' duo into fifth day of challenge

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I've never felt this broken in my life. The sheer lack of sleep, getting to bed at midnight and getting up again at 5am to try and eat something, it absolutely ruins you."

Philip Smith

Hopes to get mothers to breastfeed 'for longer'

BBC Radio Jersey

Keeping Jersey's mothers breastfeeding for longer will be one of the aims of a new healthy eating plan for Jersey.

Rates on the island are already relatively high, with 74% of mothers breastfeeding newly-born babies.

However, the rate falls below 50% after children reach two months.

The hope is to get new mothers to breastfeed for the first six months.

Weather: Dry with some sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will be a dry day with plenty of sunny spells developing across all parts.

In the light winds and sunny spells it will feel pleasantly warm.


Jersey forecast


Guernsey forecast

Arrest after damage at jewellers

BBC Radio Guernsey

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary after an incident at a Guernsey jewellers overnight, Guernsey Police have confirmed.

Co-owner of Time Jewellers on the Bridge, Martin Search, told BBC Radio Guernsey he discovered a damaged window this morning.

No items were stolen, but considerable damage was caused.

Police said they became aware of the incident at 04:00.

Deputy challenges hydrocarbons spend

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey politician is challenging the need for the States to spend money investigating the delivery of liquid and gas fuel to the island.

The Environment and Infrastructure Committee spent £830,000 last year looking into the options for its hydrocarbon supply programme.

The work is on-going, but Deputy Barry Paint has sent written questions to the committee to scrutinise the spending so far.

Barry Paint

We don't know the costs of a new jetty. But it could be as much, as I've been told, up to £4m. If there's no need to spend that money, what's the point in even looking at it?"

Deputy Barry Paint

Teach youngsters about Wurzach - Deputy

Annie Knowlson

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey deputy says the island needs to keep relations strong with a German town by teaching younger generations about their joint history.

St Helier has been twinned with Bad Wurzach since 2002.

A group of former Second World War internees have returned there this week to see the religious Holy Blood Festival.

Deputy Murray Norton said Jersey needed to go further if the island was going to keep this link for years to come.

Selection of images from Bad Wurzach

Airport changes following feedback

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey airport

The layout of Jersey's airport is being changed following passenger complaints.

The security area had been a concern and now authorities are planning to give passengers more room to prepare for X-ray machines and then to re-pack belongings afterwards.

There will also be a dedicated security lane for passengers requiring special assistance, while the queuing lanes will be re-arranged.