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Summary

  1. Call to merge Guernsey's fire and ambulance services
  2. Leading businessman guilty of sex assaults
  3. Increased airport security after Jersey airfield breach
  4. Jersey hospital inquiry will 'cut to the chase'
  5. Jersey customs 'working with France to stop illegal immigrants'
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Our live coverage

    Miles Davis

    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, 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.

  2. Aurigny staff congratulated by States

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The States of Alderney is congratulating Aurigny staff on doing a good job under difficult circumstances.

    The island's most senior politician James Dent has commended efforts of Aurigny staff, not just over the past few weeks but ever since the Trislander to Dornier aircraft transition began.

    He says locally the staff are held in high regard with the vast majority of residents and visitors understand they are doing their best to minimise disruption to services.

  3. Businessman guilty of sex assaults

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A leading Jersey businessman has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a young girl.

    Mark Loane, 48, from St Helier set up IT consultancy C5 Alliance - now one of the biggest digital companies in the island.

    Loane indecently assaulted the girl on repeated occasions.

    He was convicted at the Royal Court at the end of a four-day trial and will be sentenced at a later date.

    Mark Loane
  4. 'River’ of rain floods Moulin Huet Tea Room

    Guernsey Press

    A "river" of water flowed through the Moulin Huet Tea Room during Tuesday’s deluge, the lease-holders said, as they spent the day yesterday cleaning and clearing up.

  5. Minister hopes agreement can be reached over hospital deals

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Health Minister hopes the States can come to an agreement with the owners of properties in Kensington Place.

    A number of shops and hotels will need to be demolished to make room for the new hospital building.

    Jersey Hospital

    Three of the six owners affected by the plans for Kensington Place do not support the planning application.

    Their properties would need to be knocked down to make way for the £466m development, which ministers hope will be open by 2025.

    Senator Andrew Green says he hopes they won't have to use compulsory purchase orders to acquire the properties but hasn't ruled it out.

  6. Jersey sailor takes out second place

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey offshore sailor Phil Sharp has come second in a race from Les Sables in France to the Azores and back.

    With an overall race time of 11 days, 8 hours, 41 minutes and 40 seconds he was just 13 minutes and 5 seconds behind first place.

    Sharp's boat Imerys came home as runner up for both legs travelling at an average speed of over 10 knots across a distance of almost 3,000 nautical miles.

    The result sees the Jersey skipper maintain 1st place in this year's Class 40 Championship.

  7. Mark Loane repeatedly assaulted girl

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A 48 year-old Jersey man has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a young girl.

    Mark Loane from St. Helier was convicted at the Royal Court. Today's unanimous guilty verdict follows a trial which started on Monday.

    The jury heard 48-year-old Loane indecently assaulted the girl on repeated occasions.

    The six counts of indecent assault were a sample of the actual number of alleged attacks, and the counts were limited to six, to prevent the case from being "unwieldy".

    Mark Loane

    The court heard the victim confronted Loane about the sexual abuse, recording the encounter on her mobile phone without him knowing. The prosecution said he'd "admitted to looking inappropriately" at her "on occasion".

    When the verdicts were read out, Commissioner Julian Clyde Smith said: "These are serious offences for which a custodial sentence is inevitable."

    From today Loane has been added to the sex offenders register and has been remanded in custody until 28 July when he will be given a date for sentencing.

  8. Priaulx leads Ginetta Championship after appeal

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Racer Sebastian Priaulx, son of triple World Touring Car champion Andy, leads the Ginetta Junior Championship after a successful appeal against a points deduction.

    The 16-year-old Guernseyman was docked 70 points for an apparent technical infringement at Thruxton in May, but has had the decision overturned to put him 16 points clear of his nearest rival.

    Sebastian Priaulx

    “I’m delighted to have been given back the points we’d earned and heading into the second half of the season in the championship lead is a fantastic boost," Priaulx said.

  9. BreakingMan guilty of sex assault on young girl

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A man has been found guilty of six counts of indecent assault on a young girl.

    Mark Loane from St Helier was found guilty by a unanimous verdict on each count at the Royal Court.

    A jury of seven women and five men took just under four hours to reach their verdicts.

    Mark Loane
  10. Small birds 'tough little cookies', expert says

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey bird expert says updating a law to stop people from feeding wildlife shouldn't affect small birds.

    There are plans to update the Jersey Nuisance Law to include feeding birds, reptiles, fish and insects if it's disrupting people living nearby.

    But Mike Stentiford says smaller birds are able to fend for themselves.

    "There are periods in the day where the birds just disappear, and while they're doing that, they're picking up natural food," he says.

    "I don't think we need to worry too much about small birds, they're very resilient and tough little cookies and they'll find food wherever they can."

    seagull
  11. Guernsey Jews: Their final journey described

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    It's not known how long Jewish people deported from Guernsey survived at Auschwitz.

    Their final journey to the death camp, which began 75 years ago today, is however documented by a Holocaust survivor.

    Therese Steiner, Auguste Spitz and Marianne Grunfeld died at the camp, possibly in the gas chambers, after they were first deported from Nazi-occupied Guernsey to France, where three months later they were arrested.

    Dr Andre Lettich was also on convoy number eight, which left Angers on 20 July 1942, arriving at Auschwitz three days later.

    Auschwitz-Birkenau railway entrance
    Quote Message: We were put in cattle cars, seventy five to eighty per wagon, the windows and doors hermetically sealed. During the journey we suffered terribly from thirst, and were obliged to sacrifice a small corner of the cattle car for calls of nature." from Dr Andre Lettich Auschwitz survivor on the same convoy as Guernsey Jews to the camp.
    Dr Andre LettichAuschwitz survivor on the same convoy as Guernsey Jews to the camp.
  12. Minister 'a little bit concerned' over tunnel air quality

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's Environment Minister, Deputy Steve Luce, says he is "a little bit concerned" at the air quality in the tunnel but wasn't sure there was much that could be done to improve it short term.

    He was commenting after a report found at peak times the pollution levels could be up to seven times higher than nearby Snow Hill.

    Deputy Luce says the plan is to educate people about the air quality and suggest alternative routes or ways to minimise exposure.

    When asked about tackling the air quality he said: "I'm not sure a ventilation system would work in the tunnel, it is confined tunnel with high traffic levels."

    Tunnel entrance
    Quote Message: In the broader scheme of things we are doing things about it, I've been in discussions about encouraging people to buy electric vehicles, we are looking at vehicle emissions duty and ways to reduce pollution generally. from Deputy Steve Luce Environment Minister
    Deputy Steve LuceEnvironment Minister
  13. ‘Whole pipeline’ of new tenants for the Jersey International Finance Centre

    Jersey Evening Post

    New tenants for the Jersey International Finance Centre are expected to ‘come to court’ within the next few weeks, the chairman of the developer has said.

  14. Three Iranian nationals 'landed illegally'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey authorities have confirmed that three Iranian nationals were caught after landing in the island illegally on the north coast.

    Someone found lifejackets abandoned at Bonne Nuit Bay earlier this year.

    The States said the three Iranians entered the island by "clandestine means". It's understood they came ashore from a boat off Bonne Nuit, and some of their belongings were found there.

    The people who found them contacted the police. Shortly afterwards officers were at the Elizabeth terminal when the three tried to get on a ferry for England. They were carrying counterfeit Swedish identity cards.

    The officers put them on a boat to France, where its thought they had come from. Since then, customs and police in Jersey are working more closely with the French authorities to prevent similar cases. There have been no reported incidents in recent months.

  15. 'More money needed for data protection'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey needs to invest more money in data protection if it's to be taken seriously as a well regulated jurisdiction, according to a new report from the data protection commissioner.

    Emma Martin's role is shared with Guernsey and she's concerned that neither island has invested enough resources.

    She said Jersey and Guernsey are at a turning point for data protection because she believes the states aren't committing enough resources to address the issue. Her department is working on new laws, as well as investigating cases where there may have been a breach of existing rules.

    She is also trying to make it as independent from the States as possible, but if the island wants to be considered as an attractive, well regulated jurisdiction, she says there needs to be a clear idea of how the service will be used and funded in the future.

  16. Dry and sunny afternoon

    BBC Weather

    For most it will be a dry afternoon with spells of sunshine and just the slight risk of an isolated shower. It will also feel fresher than Wednesday for most. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

    Jersey:

    Jersey

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    Guernsey
  17. Calls for Alderney house for students studying in Guernsey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    There are calls for a dedicated house for Alderney sixth-form students who are studying in Guernsey.

    The idea was debated as five members of Guernsey's education committee held a parent engagement meeting in Alderney last night.

    Alderney States member Alex Snowdon said: "It would be absolutely fantastic. It would go on for generations, if you could set up a Alderney house for students in Guernsey to carry on further education."

  18. Nuisance law change aimed at 'stopping seagull feeding'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Environmental Health team says changes to a nuisance law aren't designed to stop people from feeding birds completely.

    Updates to the nuisance law are aimed at stopping seagulls and pigeons from causing problems in neighbourhoods because of the type of food being left out for wildlife.

    Stewart Petrie, the Director of Environmental Health, says there has been an increasing number of complaints about nuisance birds.

    Seagull
  19. 'Don't be too concerned' by tunnel pollution

    BBC Radio Jersey

    People shouldn't be too concerned by a report that found the air quality in the Jersey tunnel was "poor" as they aren't inside for more than a few minutes according to the assistant director of environmental health.

    The States advised drivers to keep windows closed and cyclists to go through as quickly as possible after it was found the pollution level at peak time was seven times higher than nearby Snow Hill.

    Caroline Mafiais says: "The amount of time we spend in the tunnel is limited, for the average person it takes about three minutes to walk through. Snow Hill is less polluted and adds about five minutes to a journey."

  20. Airfield breach: 'No passengers were at risk'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Security's been tightened at Jersey Airport after someone managed to break into a restricted area.

    The individual was spotted by security within seconds of the break-in on the 16 June.

    They had their bag searched, and were questioned but then released.

    Ports of Jersey say at no time was the security of commercial aircraft or passengers at risk. The person was not arrested.