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Summary

  1. Couple killed in Guernsey crash: Post-mortem examinations complete as police renew appeal
  2. Drugs and needles 'found in baby changing area of Jersey toilets'
  3. Number of fires in Jersey homes reach 'five-year high'
  4. Floating wind farm could be 'vital' to reach renewable energy target
  5. More marshals needed for Battle of Flowers parades
  6. New festival announced in Sark for 2018
  7. Updates for Wednesday 26 July 2017

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    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Harbour master says top five spot for St Peter Port a 'community effort'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's harbour master has said he is "delighted" that St Peter Port ranks in the top five of cruise ship destinations in western Europe.

    The awards are based entirely on customer reviews posted on website Cruise Critic.

    Captain Chad Murray says it is a vindication of what Guernsey has to offer.

    St Peter Port
    Quote Message: It just shows that the effort that people are making is paying off, and really we should be congratulating the entire island. It's not just Visit Guernsey or harbours, it's a joined up community effort with all the locals, with the towns, with all the people providing excursions and experiences, it's fantastic." from Captain Chad Murray Guernsey's Harbour Master
    Captain Chad MurrayGuernsey's Harbour Master
  3. Latest weather: Some patchy rain and drizzle

    BBC Weather

    It will be mostly cloudy this evening with some patchy light rain and drizzle at times.

    However, it will become drier, with some clear spells developing overnight. Minimum Temperature: 15C (59F).

    In Jersey:

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    And in Guernsey:

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  4. More women needed in local government

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey women's organisation is campaigning for more female politicians in local government.

    Soroptimists Jersey strives to achieve the best for women in their everyday lives.

    The movement is hosting a meeting this evening at the Monterey Hotel which will discuss how it is going to encourage more women to stand in next year's election.

  5. Prince Albert Road now open

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The road is now clear following the earlier crash.

    There were two cars involved and no reported injuries.

  6. Moped rider injured in town accident

    Jersey Evening Post

    A moped rider was treated by paramedics following an accident in town.

  7. Soil around Jersey finance centre was 'hazardous'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The soil around Jersey's new finance centre was so contaminated it was classed as "hazardous" by experts, it has been revealed.

    Finance centre

    A freedom of information request showed multiple samples of the soil removed from the site before construction were considered to be "hazardous", with some samples only found to be "contaminated".

    The centre was built on reclaimed land, but records were unclear on the composition of the soil.

    After the extent of the contamination was discovered, health officials ruled that all of the soil should be buried in special lined cells at La Collette, as it was too dangerous to go to the reclamation site.

    Specialist asbestos disposal experts were on site during the work to build the centre, and lorries were sprayed with water to clean off any contamination before they could transport the waste.

  8. Festival hopes to 'bridge gap' until Sark Folk 2019

    A group of Sark residents are holding a festival in 2018 in a bid to "bridge the gap" while the Sark Folk Festival misses a year.

    Sark Folk is run by a Guernsey-based group and has been run annually for eight years, but organisers said last month they needed a rest, but the event is expected to return in 2019.

    The Sark Summer Festival is being held on 6-8 July 2018 and the organisers say the family-based festival will be "kept small" with further details due later this year.

  9. Staff cuts putting 'strain' on fire service

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey firefighters have said work to protect the public will "suffer" as the service looks to make a 10% cut in its workforce by 2019 despite an increase in workload.

    Fire hoses

    The Fire and Rescue Service Association, which represents local fire fighters, said the latest figures published in the service's activity report, were "alarming".

    The report found last year had the highest level of accidental home fires in five years.

    The association has warned staff losses will have a further "detrimental effect" on the service's ability to carry out its "statutory duty", which they say could lead to more fires, as there would be less time for staff to be involved in "prevention and education".

  10. ‘Still work to be done to lower cancer rate’

    Guernsey Press

    Cancer campaign groups have acknowledged that there is ‘work to be done’ to get the rates of the disease down in the Bailiwick.

  11. Loan aircraft due to cover delay to delivery of new Dornier

    A delay in delivery of a new plane to serve Alderney will be covered by the use of loan aircraft.

    That announcement follows a meeting of the Guernsey and Alderney governments and airline Aurigny.

    The airline is anticipating a delay to the delivery of the second of its new generation Dornier 228.

    In the meantime the aircraft manufacturer is providing a loan plane, which when it requires upgrade work will be replaced by a "wet lease" plane.

    Quote Message: There is no doubt that the delay to the delivery of the second new Dornier has caused significant issues and difficulties for Aurigny, but RUAG has stepped up to the plate and provided alternative arrangements to tide us over until the manufacturing and delivery of this aircraft is complete. Together, and working with the States in both islands, we will continue to do the best we can to deliver Alderney's vital air links." from Mark Darby CEO of Aurigny
    Mark DarbyCEO of Aurigny
  12. Prince Albert Road blocked by crash

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Police say there are no injuries following the two car crash in St Peter Port.

    Officers have advised that motorists should avoid the area as the road is blocked.

  13. Drinking and smoking could be causing rise in women's cancers

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's medical officer has said the rate of women's cancer may be increasing in the island because of the effects of drinking and smoking.

    The Channel Islands Cancer Report published by Public Health England shows about 70 more new cases of female cancer are being diagnosed each year.

    Dr Susan Turnbull says people's lifestyles can affect them later in life.

    Quote Message: It's likely that underlying the increase in the rate of women's cancers is the fact that, as a population they started to take up smoking a bit later than men did, and also excessive alcohol consumption. There's been a relatively recent feature in recent decades for women compared with men so those are key risk factors for cancer." from Dr Susan Turnbull Medical Officer of Health, States of Jersey
    Dr Susan TurnbullMedical Officer of Health, States of Jersey
  14. Guernsey in top 5 cruise destinations for British Isles and Western Europe

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    St Peter Port in Guernsey has been named the fourth most popular cruise destination in the British Isles and Western Europe, based on traveller reviews posted to a website.

    St Peter Port harbour

    Cruise Critic, which collates reviews and information for cruise destinations across the world, listed Amsterdam as first for the region, with Cork and Lisbon second and third.

    A spokeswoman for Visit Guernsey said they were "delighted" St Peter Port had been acknowledged and said the recent investment to improve the disembarking experience for passengers had "paid dividends".

    Holiday makers described St Peter Port as:

    Quote Message: Warm welcome, picturesque town with lots of good shopping, intriguing alleyways and good places to eat. Also a castle to explore." from Cruise Critic member ‘Beenwalking’
    Cruise Critic member ‘Beenwalking’
    Quote Message: Warm, scenic, friendly and fascinating blend of England and France, full of historic old buildings and a shopping paradise. Easy to walk around." from Cruise Critic member ‘VikingExplorer’
    Cruise Critic member ‘VikingExplorer’
    Quote Message: Loved Loved Loved Guernsey. Tendered in and we walked through a very lovely village that made me think of fairy tales. Lovely friendly people. And gorgeous churches." from Cruise Critic member 'Oatbagg1'
    Cruise Critic member 'Oatbagg1'
  15. Migrants 'worried about future' after Brexit

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Foreign consuls in Jersey say migrants in the island are worried about what will happen to their rights after Brexit.

    The island's Minister for External Relations, Senator Sir Phillip Bailhache, met representatives of nine nations to discuss their concerns and said many people are uncertain of their position after Britain leaves the EU.

    Brexit
    Quote Message: The chief minister made it very clear a year ago that as far as the foreign EU nationals who are living in Jersey at the moment, we want them to stay, and we cannot think of any good reason at the moment why anything should interfere with that outcome." from Senator Sir Phillip Bailhache Minister for External Relations
    Senator Sir Phillip BailhacheMinister for External Relations
  16. New festival announced in Sark for 2018

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Sark will have a summer festival in 2018 after all, as a new event is announced - The Sark Summer Festival.

    A group of Islanders, based in Sark formed the event's committee and said the new festival would "bridge the gap" left after it became clear there would be no folk festival in 2018.

    Sark Folk Festival
    Image caption: The Sark Folk Festival will not be returning to the island in 2018

    Organiser Simon Couldridge said the festival would have a similar "vibe" to the regular festival, with live music from the Rhythm, Blues, Reggae, Folk and Country genres.

    He said they are encouraging artists and volunteers to contact them.

    Tickets are expected to go on sale in November 2017.

  17. Instant ban for repeat drink-driver

    Jersey Evening Post

    A driver who has admitted being behind the wheel of a car while he was twice the legal drink-drive limit will be sentenced in four weeks’ time.

  18. Job fair aims to fill Health vacancies

    Guernsey Press

    Guernsey's largest public sector employer has been working to demystify its roles and encourage more people to apply for positions.

  19. Equality campaign group welcomes blood donation review

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A spokesperson for the Channel Island group which campaigns for equality has welcomed the news that rules governing who can give blood in Jersey could be changed.

    At the moment, gay and bisexual men can only donate blood 12 months after they last had sex. The law was originally introduced in the UK in an attempt to stop the spread of AIDS and other infections from contaminated blood.

    But the UK government recently relaxed the laws after research proved the period can be safely reduced to three months.

    Vic Tanner Davey, the chief executive officer of Liberate said it was a "step forward" in making an inclusive society.

    blood donations
    Quote Message: It's good news, it's a stigma and it comes from the bad old days of seeing the gay community as the people who carry AIDS, it's just such an old fashioned view, it does need updating. As long as the health authorities are saying it is safe to do that, there is no reason why Jersey shouldn't follow suit. from Vic Tanner Davey CEO, Liberate
    Vic Tanner DaveyCEO, Liberate
  20. More marshals needed for Battle of Flowers parades

    BBC Radio Jersey

    More marshals are needed to help get people to their seats during this year's Jersey's Battle of Flowers parades.

    Mr and Mrs Battle of Flowers
    Image caption: Last year Joe McElderry was Mr Battle and Aimee Le Brun was Miss Battle of Flowers

    Jackie Donald of the Battle Association said they need at least 20 more.

    She said they have enough security marshals but have a real shortage of stewards who help and guide battle goers as well as help clean up afterwards.

    On average about 20,000 visitors and islanders go to see the afternoon and moonlight parades and the event depends on volunteers to help out.