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Summary

  1. Barbecue 'causes' huge Sark blaze
  2. 40 swastikas sprayed on Nazi war bunkers
  3. Jersey pesticide amnesty after dog death
  4. Lifeboats called to motorboat crash and boat fire
  5. High turnout and mixed response to Guernsey's L'Ancresse wall plans
  6. Guernsey's secondary pension plans progressing
  7. Top Jersey triathlete among competitors for island event
  8. North Show ticket sales 'have gone well'
  9. Updates on Wednesday 23 August 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

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

    We'll be back on Thursday 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.

  2. Finest fruit and veg on display

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    The judging is over and the tents are open for the public to check out the finest offerings growers in the north of Guernsey have put on show.

    There's also live music at the North Show this evening.

    Tomorrow, we will be taking a look around and bringing you the sights from the agricultural show and its famous battle of flowers.

    Tomatoes in display tent
    Vegetables in display tent
    Vegetables in display tent
  3. Weather: Risk of light showers tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Thursday will be generally a dry and fine day across the islands with some sunny spells and just a small risk of a light shower.

    Feeling pleasant in the sunshine, with light winds.

    Weather map

    Maximum Temperature for Guernsey 18C (64F) and for Jersey 20C (68F).

  4. Expert warns of repair legacy if wall is left

    Guernsey Press

    ‘A legacy of continuous work’ will be inherited by generations to come if no action is taken on the most damaged sections of the L’Ancresse anti-tank wall, engineering consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV has warned.

  5. Support for wall removal at public meeting

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Public meeting to discuss the L'Ancresse sea wall

    Despite many voicing their opposition to plans to remove a section of the L'Ancresse sea wall, there was some support for environment's plans at last night's public meeting.

    The committee wants a 130m (400ft) eastern section of the damaged anti-tank wall removed and to construct two rock armour groynes which it said would assist in developing a dune-backed beach.

    Pat Devenport said it was good the States was looking to the future rather than continuing to conduct repairs.

    "In another 50 years, our families are going to be sitting here saying why didn't they look ahead? Look what we've had to take on now?"

  6. No thoughts of South Africa - Jersey coach

    BBC Sport

    Jersey batsmen complete a run

    Jersey's cricket coach says his side will be fully-focussed on the inter-insular tie against Guernsey on Saturday.

    Neil MacRae has only one absentee at the weekend from the squad named for next month's World Cricket League Five in Johannesburg.

    "We won't be thinking about South Africa on Saturday," coach MacRae told BBC Radio Jersey.

    "We're just concentrating on winning a massive derby game away from home.

    "It's a strong squad, it's got a lot of experienced players and we're really excited by the batting and bowling options," he said.

  7. Weather update: Mostly dry overnight

    BBC Weather

    Sunny spells are expected this evening and the night will stay mostly dry, but fresher than last night.

    Showers are possible, but most places will miss them.

    Jersey:

    Wednesday evening Jersey weather forecast

    Guernsey:

    Wednesday evening Guernsey weather forecast
  8. Shorter distance a challenge for Jersey triathlete

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Dan Halksworth running

    Jersey athlete Dan Halksworth has not got the highest hopes when it comes to competing in next month's Super League Triathlon in Jersey.

    Among the field is former triathlon world champion and Olympic silver medalist Jonathan Brownley.

    Hawksworth won gold at the Gotland Island Games and won the Jersey triathlon in July, however, he is used to competing over longer distances.

    "Iron man is very different to what this distance is.

    "I'm more of like an oil tanker compared to a speed boat.

    "I've just got to try and get some speed back over the next four weeks and hopefully not embarrass myself."

  9. Firm looking to competitors as possible employers for staff

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    It's hoped the 25 staff who will lose their jobs when Phoenix Foods closes down next month can find reemployment in the food wholesale business.

    Quote Message: Our thoughts are with our colleagues at this present time who are going through the redundancy procedure. We have already made calls to the managing directors/CEOS of other competitive food wholesale businesses to help seek alternative re-employment for our valued colleagues." from Martina McGibney Commercial Director
    Martina McGibneyCommercial Director

    The company says it has advised its customers of its closure after 25 years of business.

  10. End of lease sees company close down

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Phoenix Foods Guernsey will not be renewing its lease at the Old Guernsey Tobacco Factory and will stop trading on 30 September, the food wholesaler has announced.

    It means the loss of 25 jobs.

    Channel Islands food wholesaler A E Surcouf trades as Easenmyne in Jersey and Phoenix Foods in Guernsey.

    In a statement it said the decision not to enter into another long-term lease was "due to the current economic climate".

  11. BreakingPhoenix Foods Guernsey to close

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Twenty-five jobs will be lost when the firm ceases trading at the end of next month, the company has announced.

  12. Islanders express wall removal doubts

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    damage to the L'Ancresse sea wall

    Many of the 150 islanders that attended yesterday evening's public meeting on the future of the L'Ancresse anti-tank wall expressed concern.

    The environment committee wants a 130m (400ft) eastern section of the damaged wall removed and to construct two rock armour groynes, which it said would assist in developing a dune-backed beach.

    But islanders are concerned about flooding, the cost of the project, and how it will affect the beach and losing some of Guernsey's heritage.

    One of them was ex-States member Brian De Jersey who said he had "seen where millions of pounds have been overspent on projects".

    "If they'd spent some of that money repairing not L'Ancresse Bay wall, but other places in the island, we wouldn't be where we are today," he said.

  13. Education president urges two school caution

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Deputy Paul Le Pelley says plans for a two-school secondary system in Guernsey could cause "congestion" issues.

    A meeting will take place on 7 September between the education committee and a group of four deputies who have put forward the idea.

    The committee is seeking feedback on plans to move towards three all-ability schools.

    Deputy Le Pelley said feedback from parents he'd received suggested there was little appetite for larger schools.

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  14. Cricket: Jersey name inter-insular squad

    BBC Sport

    Jersey cricket players celebrate a wicket

    Jersey have named their squad for Saturday's annual fixture against Guernsey, with all-rounder Anthony Hawkins-Kay missing out because of injury.

    He is the only absentee from the squad already named for next month's World Cricket League Division Five tournament in Johannesburg.

    Jersey squad: C Perchard (capt), C Bisson, C Bodenstein, H Carlyon, J Dunford, L Gallichan, P Gough, J Jenner, B Kynman, E Miles, R McBey, B Stevens, N Watkins.

  15. Sark fire: Barbecue warning issued

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Sark fireman extinguishing the cliff blaze

    Sark's chief fire officer is warning islanders about using disposable barbecues after his crew battled a huge blaze on cliffs for more than five hours.

    Kevin Adams said it was likely the fire was started after a discarded barbecue set fire to scrub underneath it.

    He said: "So many people think that because it's in tin foil it's protected. But it burns through, it scorches and then gets hot enough to catch, and that's it."

    The island's entire fire crew helped tackle the blaze.

  16. New bus routes for showgoers

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Visitors to the North Show will be able to get home this evening via four new bus routes that have been created specifically for the event.

    Starting from 21:00 in the evening, routes one to four will take islanders from Saumarez Park to numerous destinations including St Peter Port, the Bridge and St Martins.

    More information can be found by visiting the Guernsey buses website.

  17. Swastika vandalism 'the worst yet' for war bunkers

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Bunker graffiti

    Jersey's war bunkers have suffered their "worst attack yet" by vandals according to the head of the Channel Islands Occupation Society.

    Forty swastikas were sprayed on to Nazi World War Two bunkers at Noirmont, Corbiere, Les Landes and in St Ouen's.

    Colin Isherwood, chairman of the society, said the symbol was "deeply offensive, especially for our German visitors", but the remote location of some of the bunkers made it "very difficult" to catch vandals "red handed".

    Black and gold spray paint was used to deface the buildings, built in Jersey as part of Adolf Hitler's Atlantic wall fortification plans.

    This is the second incident of its kind in the last two months, and Mr Isherwood said it was "unusual", and "seems to be the worst attack so far".

    Jersey police are appealing for information.