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  1. Guernsey report spells out housing need
  2. --- Island needs up to 800 more local market properties, according to a £100,000 report
  3. Jersey road closure trial after child killed
  4. Updates on Friday 25 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 Tuesday 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. L'Ancresse wall repairs cost £70,000 since 2006

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Repairs to the wall at L'Ancresse have taken up a "reasonable proportion of the annual budget over the last decade" says the States' committee responsible.

    The coastal defence budget is needed for the maintenance of and repairs to many areas of Guernsey's coastline, including the sea defences all along the eastern seafront and several stretches of the west coast.


    A committee statement says the proposed "managed realignment represents the best value for money for the island’s current and future tax payers".

    It said while there were "significant upfront costs" it would lead to longer-term savings

    The statement said: "Taking an even longer term view, this is the most flexible, adaptable and effective option available in terms of climate change and sea level rise, underscoring its value for money both now and in the decades to come."

  3. Warning over Trump-shape ecstasy pills

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A dangerously strong batch of ecstasy-type tablets in the shape of Donald Trump’s head may be circulating in Guernsey warn officials.


    One side of the carrot-coloured tablets show Mr Trump’s face, while the president’s surname is written on the reverse.

    Reports suggest they contained dangerously high levels of MDMA.

    Rebecca Falla, senior investigation officer at the Guernsey Border Agency, said: "People taking the drug are putting themselves at risk, and those risks are increased if the tablets are taken with alcohol.

    "Our message to islanders is it’s simply not worth it.”

  4. Jersey earnings: By sector

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    The latest earnings data for Jersey, released today, show a huge pay disparity between sectors.

    On average, those working in the finance industry in June earned £600-a-week more than workers in hotels, restaurants and bars. After inflation, average pay across the board rose by just 0.1%.

    Average earnings by sector in Jersey, based on June 2017 data

    Average earnings in the finance sector rose by 2.9%, slightly greater than that seen in the previous year and the five-year average.

    Despite having the lowest average earnings staff in hotels, restaurants and bars saw their pay increase the most, year-on-year, by 3.5%,

    The rise, along with a 3% boost for agriculture workers were "predominantly driven by the rise in the minimum wage, implemented in April 2017", according to the States of Jersey Statistical Unit.

    Construction sector earnings rose by 3.2%, while the lowest increase was in the public sector, which saw average earnings increase by 1.6% compared to June 2016.

  5. Guernsey to Alderney swim: 'Ultimate challenge'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Rosie Williams has completed the 19.5 mile swim between Guernsey and Alderney in six hours and 31 minutes.

    She said: "I've always wanted to, it was always my ultimate challenge.

    "Today it was just perfect conditions for it, I was so lucky with the weather, with the tides."

    Rosie Williams with her support team

    Ms Williams said: "It was a bit touch and go in the last hour, I felt like I wasn't getting anywhere and it felt like Alderney wasn't getting any closer and I didn't think I was going to make it.

    "As soon as I got on the boat we looked out and the tide changed so if I'd been any later I would have completely missed it.

    "It is a really tough [swim], a lot of people do have challenges with the tides to actual land in Alderney.

    "I thought the probability of landing was going to be really slim, so it was more about doing the swim than actually landing."

  6. Many ‘struggling to make ends meet’ across Jersey

    Jersey Evening Post

    Many Islanders are ‘struggling to make ends meet’, a backbench deputy has warned as figures reveal that the average wage increase over the past 12 months is being virtually wiped out by inflation.

  7. Weather: Cloudy but dry overnight

    BBC Weather

    It will remain dry overnight, although becoming a little cloudier.

    There will be light winds with some clear spells persisting, possibly allowing the odd mist or fog patch to form.


    Jersey forecast


    Guernsey forecast
  8. Bunkers sprayed with swastikas to stay open

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Three wartime bunkers sprayed with swastikas will stay open for the weekend because the group that looks after Jersey's occupation site says they can't afford to close them.

    Forty swastikas have been painted on the outside walls of the bunkers at Noirmont using black and gold spray paint.

    Volunteers from the Channel Islands Occupation Society haven't been able to clear the symbols from the site, but a member of the public has donated a pressure washer to help remove them.

    Society president Colin Isherwood says the site needs to stay open: "We're a non-profit making organisation, so we need the complexes open to take admission fees to ensure that these complexes are maintained."

    Swastikas daubed on a Jersey bunker
  9. Stamps to mark Princess Diana connection

    Tyler Allen

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's military links to the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment are being celebrated in a series of stamps, released next month.

    The new set by Guernsey Post will be released on 1 September 2017, the day after the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death.

    They also mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the regiment and depicting Princess Diana as well as members of the regiment.

    Guernsey Post Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment stamp collection
    Princess Diana stamp
  10. St Helier road closure could 'go further'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There has been a call for safety precautions on roads in St Helier to go further.

    The parish is closing Gas Place to vehicles for a year, following an independent safety review of the roads around the Millennium Town Park.

    It was held after the death of three-year old Clinton Pringle last year, after he was hit by a van on Tunnell Street.

    Bernie Manning, from the Friends of the Millennium Town Park Group, said the changes were "a good step in the right direction" but a larger stretch of road could have been closed.

  11. Mower damage culprits sought

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Police in Guernsey are appealing for information after someone poured gravel into the petrol tanks of three ride-on mowers.

    The incident happened at a private address in Rue des Touillets in the Castel, sometime between 10 and 24 August.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

  12. Public vote for chief minister a 'giant leap' for democracy

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Deputy Russell Labey

    Islanders could vote in Jersey's next chief minister, if politicians support a move by Deputy Russell Labey.

    He is seeking support to change the current system, which sees elected politicians decide on who fills the top job.

    Under the proposition, lodged on 24 August 2017, the chief minister would be elected "by an island-wide vote of registered electors".

    Candidates for chief minister would have to secure 18 or more votes from States Members, Deputy Labey said, before a public vote "no later than 21 days after the general election".

    He described the move as a "small step for politicians, but a giant leap for democracy in Jersey".

  13. Student internships help set course for digital future

    Guernsey Press

    Careers in digital are on the cards for 11 local sixth formers and other students who got involved in this summer’s first Discover Digital internships.

  14. Hospital manager resigns

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The manager of Jersey's general hospital has resigned from her post citing personal reasons.

    Helen O'Shea sent an email to all staff this morning, saying it wasn't an easy decision.

    Mrs O'Shea will leave her post at the end of February next year.

  15. Cricket: Guernsey 'still confident' despite injuries

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Jersey bowler delivers to a Guernsey batsman

    Island coach Ash Wright is hopeful his side can beat Jersey in tomorrow's Inter-Insular despite potentially being without three fast bowlers.

    Leicestershire all-rounder Will Fazakerley will not feature tomorrow or in September's World Cricket League Five in South Africa, after a scan revealed a stress-fracture in his back, Wright said.

    Fazakerley is replaced in the squad by Lucas Barker.

    Captain and fast bowler Jamie Nussbaumer also faces a last-minute fitness test after injuring a rib, while his brother and fellow pace bowler Luke has already been ruled out with injury.

    "Unfortunately, as we've got closer, been hit with a few injuries, so we're a little up in the air with the team we're going to play.

    "The lucky thing is we have quite a strong squad.

    "The boys are still confident," said Wright.

    The game starts at Guernsey's KGV ground at 10:45 on Saturday 25 August.

    I'll be keeping you up-to-date with radio updates, and throughout the afternoon on Twitter.

  16. A 'handful' of hospital responses

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey Hospital

    A small number of responses to a consultation on Jersey's proposed new hospital has prompted concern from planners.

    The project involves knocking down two hotels in Kensington Place.

    Planning officer John Nicholson said it is really important people give them feedback, as it could make a difference to the project.

    A "handful" of people have put their views through formally, he said.

    "There's been a lot of social media coverage and there's been a lot of discussion on news outlets, but not a great deal has fed its way through to the planning department."

  17. Developer welcomes reduced home target

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A Guernsey property developer has welcomed a recommendation to reduce the number of homes that need to built, set out in a housing review released today.

    Charles McHugh believes the target identified within the report - lower than the States' goals of creating 300 homes per year - is now more realistic.

    "In the Island Development Plan in 2015, the whole plan was developed around the target of 300 houses.

    "Now that we're only actually going to be building less than half of those, that's good news because we can actually not fill up all of our green areas, and not fill up all of our infrastructure with housing."

  18. 'Enormous' concern prompted traffic change

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Concern from members of the public has prompted bollards being put up at Gas Place in St Helier to stop it being used as a through road, according to a parish constable.

    It follows an independent safety review of the roads around the Millennium Town Park following the death of three-year old Clinton Pringle last June.

    The changes are part of a year-long trial, but Constable Simon Crowcroft hopes they will be made permanent.

    "Certainly things have changed now, we've had an enormous post bag from people not only after the last year, but for longer than that," he said.

    "People [were] concerned with the proximity of children to cars in the whole area of the cafe.

    "It's a sort of dog leg with zero visibility for motorists as well."