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Rob England

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  1. Our live coverage for the day

    That's all from BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands for today, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss Channel Islands news this evening at 18:30 on BBC One and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

  2. Wakeboarding on a flooded road? Why not?

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Video content

    Video caption: Ben Langford helped tow cars out of a flooded road, then was towed himself on a wakeboard CREDIT: Rhys Edwards/James Barette

    Drivers on La Grande Route De St Ouen were disrupted on Saturday when the road flooded due to heavy rainfall.

    They were helped by the owner of a water sports company, Ben Langford, who then decided to get his wakeboard out.

    Jersey's Meteorological Office said 31mm (1.2") of rain fell on the west of the island, which is approximately half of September’s average monthly rainfall of 62.7mm (2.4").

    But, they said no records have been broken as the wettest September day on record was 16 Sep 1916 (101 years before to the day), when 67.4mm (2.6") fell.

  3. Some parking charges to change in Guernsey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A number of parking changes in Guernsey's town centre are coming into force over the next few days, Traffic and Highway Services has said.

    Three parking spaces in Hospital Lane will be reserved for callers to the new States offices at Edward T Wheadon House to park between 8:30-16:30 from Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

    A new dedicated accessible parking bay for badge holders is also being installed at the bottom of Hospital Lane.

    This bay will replace the current one at the Weighbridge taxi rank, which is poorly located, according to the States.

  4. Jersey and Guernsey back in talks for inter-island ferry service

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey could see a publicly owned inter-island ferry service in place by next Spring, a deputy has said.

    Deputy Peter Ferbrache said his committee is working closely with the States of Jersey to get something "up and running".

    But, he added, the service must be used to justify the investment.

    Previous attempts to form an inter-island ferry service this year have so far been unsuccessful.

  5. 'No reason' to ban glyphosate products - minister

    BBC Radio Jersey

    An environmental scientist has called for a weedkiller to be banned from Jersey after the World Health Organization found it could cause cancer.

    The chemical, glyphosate, is used in herbicides and is sprayed on cereal crops in Jersey and across the UK.

    Jacqui Carrel, an environmental scientist and nutritionist in Jersey called it a "poison" and said it should have been banned "a long time ago".

    But the States said they must have strong evidence to ban substances containing glyphosate, such as the weedkiller Roundup.

    Quote Message: You need justification to ban things, and in the case of Roundup we have plenty of evidence to show that, while it may be classed as carcinogenic at some stages, it's not very dangerous. We don't see why it should be banned." from Deputy Steve Luce Environment Minister, States of Jersey
    Deputy Steve LuceEnvironment Minister, States of Jersey
  6. Guernsey midwives to hear findings of misconduct hearing

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Three midwives facing charges of misconduct over the death of a baby at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital will hear findings made against them by their governing body tomorrow.

    The Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing began in January and was adjourned until this month after hearing weeks of evidence.

  7. Fort Regent swimming pool demolition plans submitted

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Formal plans have been submitted to demolish the Fort Regent swimming pool.

    Fort Regent

    The States said concerns were raised about asbestos and young people breaking in to the disused site.

    If the plans go through, the building which housed the pool will be knocked down, and the pool filled in.

    The walkway linking the pool and the main building will also be demolished, together with the upper cable car station.

  8. 'Further work needed' on plans for L'Ancresse sea wall

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A States Member behind plans to try to halt the removal of a wall along the coast at L'Ancresse has said more research is needed before any decisions are made.

    Deputy Peter Ferbrache placed a stopping motion on the committee for the environment and infrastructure's proposals to remove part of the anti-tank wall in order to realign the coastline.

    Deputy Ferbrache said the plans need proper consideration.

    L'Ancresse sea wall
    Quote Message: We don't think they [the committee] have done all the things they should have done yet, so we think until they've done all those things, it [the motion proposing the plans] should go on hold. It's not going to collapse, it's been there for 75 years, nobody's saying it's going to collapse next week. We want the best solution moving forward. We're not saying we don't want anything done, we just think there needs to be further work done before we come to that conclusion." from Deputy Peter Ferbrache
    Deputy Peter Ferbrache
  9. Flu vaccine made more available after bad season

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The States have made the flu vaccine more widely available to islanders this year following a bad outbreak in Australia and New Zealand.


    Dr Linda Diggle said this year pregnant women, over 65s and people with long term medical conditions will be able to access the vaccine from GP surgeries or pharmacies for £10.

    Children will also have better access to free vaccinations as the Health and Social Services Department has increased the age range for primary school treatments, with children in years one to six able to have a free flu jab.

    Nursery school children between the ages of two and four will also have more chances to be treated, as flu jabs will be offered to them during the day.

    Vaccinations are available to all islanders privately at GP surgeries, and the department has urged islanders to get them before the winter.

  10. Internet is main threat to Guernsey's high street, says retailer

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's retailers need to focus on competition from the internet rather than their neighbours to boost trade.

    That is the response of Mel Jeffries, from the retail subgroup of Guernsey's Chamber of Commerce, to the suggestion UK chains could help boost high street footfall.

    She said UK stores in St Peter Port can be a "mixed blessing".

    St peter Port high street
    Quote Message: It can be really hard for our small independents when a recognised name opens up. Because it's obviously extra competition. But by and large our competition now is not the shops standing side by side us on the high street, it's the internet." from Mel Jeffries Guernsey Chamber of Commerce
    Mel JeffriesGuernsey Chamber of Commerce
  11. Experts hope to 'share experience' of sea lettuce at conference

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A conference on sea lettuce in Jersey next month could be the first time experts from around the world have been able to share their knowledge.

    The event has been organised by the States, and will welcome delegates from countries that have the same problem as Jersey in preventing the algae.

    Martin Gautier from the Department for Infrastructure said there were many experts working in isolation on the suject and the Jersey conference will be their opportunity to possibly find a solution.

    St Aubin's bay

    So far this year the department has spent £27,531 on clearing sea lettuce from beaches around Jersey.

    More than £100,000 has been spent over the past five years, the department said:

    • 2012 - £14,158
    • 2013 - £3,422
    • 2014 - £6,237
    • 2015 - £26,676
    • 2016 - £31,052
    • 2017 (so far) - £27,531
  12. Young women encouraged to learn coding

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Young women in Guernsey are being urged to consider careers which use coding as the island joins the National Coding Week campaign.

    The project's aim is to "inspire people to learn coding and other digital skills during the week".

    Lucy Witham, from the Education Department in Guernsey, said the campaign is a good way for beginners to improve their digital skills.

    coding screen
    Quote Message: I think there is a lot of misunderstanding about technology and about digital skills. I think people can be a little bit scared of them. This is a really good way of giving them an introduction to an area they might be a little bit unsure about." from Lucy Witham States of Guernsey
    Lucy WithamStates of Guernsey
  13. Vehicle tyres slashed in Guernsey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Two vehicles had their tyres slashed on Route Du Picquerel in the Vale last week, police have said.

    A blue and silver Mitsubishi L200 truck had its front nearside tyre slashed, and a silver Volkswagen Lupo had its nearside rear tyre slashed. Both happened between Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 September.

    Police are appealing for information.

  14. Student vet jailed for drug smuggling

    Jersey Evening Post

    A student vet who turned to drug smuggling to pay for his studies has been jailed for importing up to £60,000 worth of cannabis into the Island.

  15. Medieval porpoise burial surprises archaeologists

    Guernsey Press

    A mysterious medieval porpoise burial has been discovered on an island off the west coast of Guernsey.

  16. Guernsey captain Nussbaumer steps down

    BBC Sport

    Jamie Nussbaumer

    Guernsey seamer Jamie Nussbaumer has stepped down as captain of the island side after four-and-a-half years.

    The 30-year-old skippered the team as they were relegated from World Cricket League Division Five this month.

    He led Guernsey to promotion from division six in 2015 and Inter-insular victory over Jersey in the same summer.

  17. Parking app feedback 'positive' despite concerns

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Despite complaints about hidden charges, feedback about Jersey's new parking app has been "very positive", according to the States.

    Terry Renouf from parking control said users must go in to their notification settings in the app and turn off the default option to send two messages which incur an extra 20p charge.

    But despite a few complaints, he says people are mostly happy with the app.

    Quote Message: We've had very positive feedback from the vast majority of people we've spoken with. We are picking up a few little problems, such as people forgetting to put the 'J' before their registration number, but we're identifying those and contacting those people individually." from Terry Renouf Assistant Manager, Parking Control, Department for Infrastructure
    Terry RenoufAssistant Manager, Parking Control, Department for Infrastructure
  18. No planned redundancies for baggage handlers - Aurigny

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Aurigny has no plans to make any of its baggage handlers in Guernsey redundant, bosses have said.

    The carrier recently announced it was planning to charge passengers for hold baggage on certain fares and services.

    A spokesman said at least two handlers would always be needed to unload and reload an aircraft of bags and cargo.

    Auringy plane
  19. Watson knocked out of Seoul Open

    BBC Sport

    Heather Watson was knocked out in the first round of the Seoul Open, losing 6-3 0-6 6-1 to Sara Sorribes Tormo.

    The Spanish world number 92 served 13 double faults to Watson's five but the Briton won less than half the points on her own serve..

    Heather Watson

    Watson, who is ranked 78th, claimed the second set to love.

    However, she was broken four times in the decider as the 25-year-old lost in one hour and 36 minutes

  20. Police patrols increase over the weekend

    Josephine Baker

    BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

    Jersey Police HQ

    More officers from the States of Jersey Police were on patrol this weekend because of the increased terror threat across the UK.

    A spokeswoman said the increased police present was a result of the terrorist attack in London on Friday at Parsons Green.

    Officers said extra patrols were present at crowded events such as the Dragon Boat racing and this was standard practice.

    The threat level has now fallen back to severe from critical, which is the highest level.