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Summary

  1. Advertising body finds Condor £32 ferry ticket advert misleading
  2. One-hundredth hearing in trial of man accused of Sarah Groves murder
  3. Situation 'unclear' for Guernsey yard development
  4. Christmas lights 'guaranteed' for St Peter Port after £35k raised
  5. Jersey's government provides nearly £50m to build 200 new homes
  6. Live updates on Thursday 31 August 2017

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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 Friday 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. First Century urn found in Alderney being examined in Jersey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A rare early 1st Century urn found in Alderney is being researched in Jersey by conservationists after being moved over from Guernsey.

    It was discovered in June when crews laying electricity cables unearthed a burial site which contained pottery, jewellery and human remains.

    Neil Mahrer, from Jersey Heritage, said an X-ray had found rare designs in the urn, including a metal band which was not common for the era.

    The artefact is largely surrounded by sand, which will be removed unless it is found to be significant to the history of the piece.

    Alderney site
    Image caption: The urn was found in Alderney near a Roman fort know locally as the Nunnery
  3. Latest weather: Chance of showers

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    The chance of showers will increase across the Channel Islands this evening, with some heavy and thundery downpours possible. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

    Weather

    The overnight showers will gradually ease away to the south during Friday morning, leaving a largely dry afternoon with some sunny spells. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

  4. Sun screen 'should be worn year-round if working outside'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Sun screen should be worn all year round if you are working outside, according to Guernsey's Health Promotion Unit.

    A new campaign is seeing community nurses offering people sun screen who are spending a lot of their time working outside.

    Heather Kennedy, from the campaign, said people needed to protect themselves throughout the year because UVA rays could be present in autumn and winter too.

    She said: "It's the UVA rays which can penetrate skin and cause damage that will probably cause problems in years to come."

  5. Bowl closes abruptly with more than 10 staff made redundant

    Guernsey Press

    Staff at the MFA Guernsey Bowl were given no notice before being made redundant today, as it was suddenly announced the business was shutting down permanently, with immediate effect.

  6. Community 'supportive' of Christmas lights appeal

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    St Peter Port's Town centre will see festive lights this Christmas after a fund-raising drive surpassed its £35,000 target.

    The St Peter Port Christmas Lights charity launched its Buy a Bulb campaign in May and has so far raised £42,000.

    Guernsey Post helped the campaign by posting envelopes across the island, inviting people to donate.

    The head of corporate engagement at Guernsey Post, Dawn Gallienne, said the appeal touched islanders.

    Christmas lights in St Peter Port
    Quote Message: Everybody loves going in to town and doing a bit of Christmas shopping. Of course people shop online as well, but the local community plays a big part. What's been really nice is that everybody has been so supportive. There's been lots of personalised notes scribbled on the back of the envelopes." from Dawn Gallienne Guernsey Post
    Dawn GallienneGuernsey Post
  7. Last chance to see Edwardian Guernsey exhibition

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey Museum’s exhibition An Unseen World will close on Sunday 10 September, the States has said.

    The display, featuring detailed photographs of Edwardian Guernsey taken by a local, FW Guerin, has been open since 26 May.

  8. 'Bullied' farm hands jailed for battering co-worker

    Jersey Evening Post

    Two "bullied and ridiculed" farmworkers who repeatedly punched a sleeping co-worker in his bed in the early hours of the morning have been jailed for six months.

  9. Jersey Opera House profit increases, despite falling ticket sales

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Opera House made £40,000 more profit last year than in 2015, despite making much less money on ticket sales.

    The theatre, subsidised by the States, has published its accounts under a Freedom of Information request.

    The figures showed it made a £52,000 profit last year - far more than 2015, where it made just over £18,000.

    But between 2015-2016 ticket sales went down, with sales dropping to £470,000 from a previous £650,000.

    But in hiring out its spaces, the Opera House made nearly £200,000 extra in turnover last year, compared to just over half that amount from similar operations the year before.

  10. Condor improving pricing information after advert complaint

    BBC Channel Islands News

    Condor Ferries has accepted the ruling from the UK's advertising watchdog that one its advertisements was misleading and said it will not run it again.

    The advert claimed customers could book a trip with the ferry company to the UK from £32 per person each way with a car.

    A customer complained to the Advertising Standards Authority after not being able to find a booking at the advertised price.

    The ferry company said it had accepted the ruling and it was improving the accuracy of its advertised fares.

  11. One-hundredth hearing in Sarah Groves murder trial

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Sarah Groves

    The man accused of murdering Sarah Groves has returned to court in India for the 100th hearing of the case, according to the Caters News Agency.

    Ms Groves, from Guernsey, was found dead on a houseboat she shared with a local family in Kashmir in 2013.

    Richard De Witt was charged with her murder in June 2013 and the trial started a month later.

    The agency reported a new judge had been assigned to the case, who reversed a previous decision to allow Mr De Witt to represent himself.

    The judge warned Mr De Witt to "behave properly and show respect", before setting consecutive hearing dates.

    However, there is currently no prosecutor in the trial as the assigned advocate announced he had a conflict of interest and had to withdraw from proceedings.

    The next hearing dates are 18 to 19 September.

  12. Man found not guilty of rape in Royal Court trial

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A man accused of raping and sexually assaulting a woman in Jersey has been found not guilty by a jury.

    Jersey's Royal Court heard 32-year-old chimney engineer Wayne Highfield, from St Helier, was accused of multiple offences against a women, who claimed he raped her in his flat after a party. The jury cleared him of all charges.

    In a three-day trial, prosecuting Crown advocate Simon Thomas said there was no evidence the woman was "positively interested" and "wanted sex" with Mr Highfield.

    Defending, advocate Michael Haines said the woman's account was "inconsistent" and "not corroborated by a single witness".

    DNA findings also supported Mr Highfield's case.

  13. Islanders attempt to 'move a million miles'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Islanders will come together in September to attempt to move a million miles.

    The challenge, A Million Miles for MS, starts on Sunday and has been organised to remember a local fundraiser, Paul "Dil" Diligent.

    Multiple sclerosis patient Mr Diligent died two years ago.

    Two local charities, the Guernsey Cheshire Home, where Mr Diligent lived, and the Guernsey branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society have set up the event, designed to raise awareness of the condition.

    Alex Jenner, a member of the society, says this is not just a simple fundraising event.

    Quote Message: It's not really about raising money. Yes, we want to raise some money, and there are lots of good reasons why we want to raise money. But this is more about raising awareness of MS, and just having something to remember Dil by. He's going to be up there laughing at us thinking: 'Yeah, you're never going to do it', and getting in to the spirit of it, hopefully." from Alex Jenner Multiple Sclerosis Society, Guernsey
    Alex JennerMultiple Sclerosis Society, Guernsey
  14. Organiser 'hopeful' memorial flight will appear at air display

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Spitfires

    The organiser of Jersey's air display says he is "hopeful" aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will still be able to come for this year's event.

    A fault was found in the engines of the squadron's Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane aircraft, which all use the Rolls Royce Merlin engine.

    The planes have been grounded, but engineers have found it is a problem with a part called the pinion gear.

    They were due to appear at displays in both Jersey and Guernsey and Mike Higgins, who organises the display in Jersey, says the historic planes are still scheduled to take part, and is hoping they will be there.

  15. Rare 1st Century urn evidence of new era in islands history

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A rare 1st Century Gallo-Belgium urn, found in Alderney earlier this year, could be the first piece of evidence to help archaeologists shed light on a mysterious early Roman period in the Channel Islands.

    Alderney pot

    The find, called a pedestal urn by historians, was dug up by Alderney Electricity crews in June as they were laying power cables by a road near the site of a Roman fort, known as the Nunnery.

    Philip de Jersey, archaeologist for the States of Guernsey, said it was found with human remains and items of jewellery, such as silver broaches and bracelets.

    "It was a prestigious piece of pottery", he said, adding it may have belonged to a wealthy individual, who could have been a native becoming used to the luxuries of the Roman Empire, or immigrants.

    He added the find was "unique" as no previous significant pieces of evidence had been found in the Channel Islands for this period, which pre-dates the Roman occupation of Britain, beginning in AD43.

  16. The latest from Guernsey's Weather Watchers

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Here's what it's looking like out there in Guernsey, courtesy of our great Weather Watchers.

    weather
    Image caption: Chris Cumulus captured this morning in St Andrew
    weather
    Image caption: Meanwhile, Brass took this moody scene in St Peter Port
    weather
    Image caption: Another corker from Chris Cumulus captures this afternoon's outlook from Côbo
  17. Summer parking chaos gets Islanders hot under the collar

    Jersey Evening Post

    Islanders have voiced their concerns about parking at the seaside and the ‘chaos’ it can cause during the summer holidays.

  18. L'Ancresse wall petition withdrawn as States announce debate

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A petition for the States of Guernsey to debate the future of the L'Ancresse anti-tank sea wall has been withdrawn by deputies, as is it due to be debated anyway.

    The Committee for Environment and Infrastructure lodged separate proposals on the 18 August, which are due to be debated, although a date has not been set.

    Last week more than 150 islanders attended a public meeting on States plans for the east end of wall.

    L'Ancresse anti tank wall