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Summary

  1. David Miller murder: National Crime Agency unlawfully shared data with Thai police
  2. Hunt is on for Asian hornets' nests in Guernsey
  3. Road layout 'contributed to Clinton Pringle's death', his father says
  4. Jersey 'to deliver more 'affordable homes' by 2020
  5. Updates on Wednesday 30 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Rob England

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Rob England

    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. Weather: Cloud and rain to clear overnight

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Tonight, any last cloud and rain will ease and move away eastwards overnight, allowing skies to clear.

    For many it will turn fairly cool, but there may be the return of a few showers later.

    Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

    weather

    After a chilly start, Thursday will see a bright day with plenty of sunny spells and just a scattering of showers. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

  3. Deputy urges States to introduce Isa schemes to Guernsey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The States must make it easier for islanders to save money for the future, a deputy has said.

    Deputy Michelle Le Clerc is calling on the Policy and Resources Committee to introduce some similar to the UK Individual Savings Account (Isa), which allows people to save money, up to certain value, tax free.

    Deputy Le Clerc believe it should be part of a series of incentives.

    Money concept
    Quote Message: I think as a government we need to be looking at a packet of incentives that we can offer the islands. Secondary pensions will be part of that. I would also like to see some type of Isa product brought in, and I urge Policy and Resources, through the budget process, to be looking at that. from Deputy Michelle Le Clerc
    Deputy Michelle Le Clerc

    The States said the aim of the proposed Secondary Pension scheme was to "encourage people of working age to save more for their retirement".

  4. Key workers to assist with care for children with life-limiting conditions

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in Jersey will be assigned a key worker to oversee their care.

    A key worker and nurse will work together to judge the needs of the child and family, organise services and give information as well as emotional and practical support.

    Charity Family Nursing & Homecare has worked with the Health and Social Services Department, other local charities and parents of children who need care to improve the services.

  5. Creating 'States bank' would 'not provide more mortgages'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Creating a Guernsey bank with States guarantees would not be the answer to increasing the number of firms offering mortgages in the island, a States member has said.

    The latest housing market review in Guernsey identified the need for more lenders on the island, but Deputy Peter Ferbrache said he had his doubts.

    Quote Message: It's not a matter of saying 'the States can have a bank' - everyone in Guernsey will invest money with the States bank and they can lend the money at lesser rates, and give a greater percentage of mortgages. The cost of setting it up would be considerable, the administration would be considerable, and everything I've dealt with in the States has shown they are conservative. So would they do it any better? I have my doubts." from Deputy Peter Ferbrache President, Committee for Economic Development, States of Guernsey
    Deputy Peter FerbrachePresident, Committee for Economic Development, States of Guernsey
  6. Thai beach murders: UK crime agency unlawfully shared data five times

    BBC News England

    The National Crime Agency (NCA) has admitted five instances of unlawfully handing information to Thai police investigating the murders of two backpackers.

    Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo were found guilty of killing Hannah Witheridge, from Norfolk, and David Miller, from Jersey, on a Koh Tao beach in 2014.

    Hannah Witheridge and David Miller

    In a High Court challenge to their death sentences, the NCA admitted illegally disclosing phone data and intelligence. Lin and Phyo said they were tortured into confessing.

    The NCA admitted five instances of providing assistance to Thai police, relating to phone data and intelligence, which was "not in accordance" with official government guidance and therefore unlawful. The court ordered the NCA to pay £15,000 to cover the defendants' court costs.

    An NCA spokesman said the agency had acted in "good faith" and conducted a review to ensure official guidance was complied with in the future.

  7. Firms suffer decline of eastern Europe workers damaging

    Guernsey Press

    New housing and population regulations along with the falling value of the pound are seeing workers from Eastern Europe leave the island.

  8. States 'cannot help everyone into social housing'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Although 1,000 affordable homes are due to be built in Jersey by 2020, Deputy Housing Minister Anne Pryke said the current shortage meant certain groups of people were being prioritised over others.

    Quote Message: Anybody can apply. But, if you're under 50 and you're single, unfortunately, because there's such a shortage of supply, we can't get you on the gateway. But, over that, you will be assessed and put into the appropriate band." from Deputy Anne Pryke Minister for Housing, States of Jersey
    Deputy Anne PrykeMinister for Housing, States of Jersey

    Under the current affordable housing system you must fit these criteria to qualify:

    • Be 18 or over
    • Have housing qualifications
    • Have a registration card
    • Have a single or joint income of less than £40,000 per year (unless you have exceptional circumstances)

    And also at least one of these additional criteria:

    • Have a medical, physical or mental disability and be in need of a special type of housing
    • Have a family with young children and be in receipt of a relatively low income
    • Be over 50 and in receipt of a relatively low income
  9. Staff shortage 'pushing restaurant to apply to do takeaways'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Staff shortages in the catering sector has driven the director of an Indian restaurant In Jersey to make a planning application allowing him to provide a delivery service.

    At the moment, Noya Shapla in St Aubin can only be used as a restaurant and not as a take away or for home delivery services.

    Joe Miah said a shortage of staff meant he had to offer more pay, and delivery services could bring in 40% more income.

    Mr Miah said his business may "struggle to survive" without it.

  10. Lots of mullet and mackerel 'may be causing dolphin sightings'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Large amounts of mackerel and mullet maybe the reason why dolphins and blue fin tuna are present in Bailiwick waters, according to a Guernsey skipper.

    Charter boat skipper Richard Keen said the mammals would follow the food they fed on.

    Quote Message: There's a lot more mackerel around. Everywhere we're fishing we can hardly to get to the bottom for mackerel taking their bait, and I think it has a lot to do with the abundance of mackerel and mullet. It seems to be why we're seeing them." from Richard Keen
    Richard Keen

    Pods of dolphins have been seen around St Peter Port harbour recently.

  11. David Miller murder: Data unlawfully shared with Thai police

    BBC News England

    Hannah Witheridge and David Miller

    The National Crime Agency (NCA) has admitted unlawfully handing information to Thai police investigating the murders of two British backpackers.

    Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo were found guilty of killing Hannah Witheridge, from Norfolk, and David Miller, from Jersey, on a Koh Tao beach in 2014.

    In a High Court challenge to their death sentences, the NCA admitted illegally disclosing phone data and intelligence.

    Lin and Phyo say they were tortured into confessing.

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  12. Rare 1st century vase comes to the Island for restoration

    Jersey Evening Post

    A rare 1st century vase – thought to be the only artefact of that period found in the Channel Islands – is being restored in Jersey.

  13. Police advice for wet weather driving

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    It would be pretty impressive to get a submarine on the roads...

    I think I might be missing the point with this one.

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  14. Battle of Britain Memorial Flight grounding issue found

    BBC News UK

    Spitfires

    A technical issue which grounded most of the historic aircraft that make up the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) has been identified.

    A Lancaster bomber, two Hurricanes and three Spitfire planes were all grounded earlier this month.

    An issue with a pinion gear in the Merlin engine has now been found.

    Sqn Ldr Andy Millikin, the flight's commanding officer, said they were now working to "get them back into the blue as soon we can".

    The squadron was due to be performing at air displays in Jersey and Guernsey next month.

  15. Dead cat found in bin store, St Helier

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A dead cat found in St Helier was left in a bin store at Hampshire Gardens, police say.

    A man was arrested on suspicion of causing deliberate harm to an animal on over the weekend and released on police bail.

    The JSPCA is assisting officers with enquiries.

    Police are appealing for witnesses.

  16. Guernsey: St Andrew's Road closed for emergency works on Thursday

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    St Andrew's Road in St Andrew will be closed tomorrow, Traffic and Highways Services have said.

    Emergency tree surgery work will take place by St Andrew's Church from 09:00 until mid-afternoon.

    The road will be closed between Four Cabot and Candie Road.

    Diversion routes will be set up in both directions along Route des Blicqs, Forest Road, Carmel, Ville au Roi and Le Vauquidor.

  17. Police hold security marking clinic for bikes

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Officers have set up camp at Co-op Grande Marche in St Helier today to help the public security mark their bikes.

    They say marking a bike so it is registered on the national database is a "deterrent" to bike thieves, as owners could be traced to secure a thief's conviction.

    Security marking clinic
    Image caption: Police will be at Grand Marche until 14:00

    All of the security marking kits have been funded by the Co-op.

  18. Phone firm Sure is keeping staff thanks to successful engagement

    Guernsey Press

    Staff turnover at Sure has decreased markedly since the company launched a major campaign to improve employee engagement.

  19. States civil servants 'suffering' with rising costs

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey civil servants should be paid more by the States to make sure their wages keep up with inflation, according to the union that represents them.

    A new report has shown costs are rising more quickly than pay for members of the civil service association.

    Chairman Terry Renouf says workers are suffering.

    Money concept
    Quote Message: Members are having to look at what they do. Costs are going up constantly, food prices go up, energy costs go up, those who are in States rented accommodation see their rent go up above their wage increase each year, it's a very difficult balancing act." from Terry Renouf Chairman, Civil Service Association
    Terry RenoufChairman, Civil Service Association
  20. Fees 'should be cut' to help first-time buyers in Guernsey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The chief executive of Guernsey's newest mortgage broker says document duty and bond fees rates should be cut to boost the chances for first-time buyers.

    Paul Welch says the States needs to take action to remove any hurdles to home ownership in the island following the recent publication of a housing report.

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