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  1. Live coverage across the day

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 07:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Electricity costs could rise in guernsey, deputy warns

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The cost of electricity in Guernsey could go up soon, a States member has warned.

    The newly elected president of economic development, Deputy Charles Parkinson, spoke to the States in his other role as President of the States Trading Supervisory Board.

    In presenting Guernsey Electricity's Annual Report and Accounts to the States Assembly Charles Parkinson said rising oil prices and a weak pound is placing significant pressure on the company.

    He added, that the board would be "scrutinising" the companies future proposals to make sure they focus on "cost efficiency".

  3. Weather latest: Windy with occasionally heavy showers

    BBC Weather

    Winds will strengthen again during the evening, with dry conditions initially then another band of heavy, showery rain comes through, clearing to gales and well-scattered showers for the rest of the night.

    Minimum temperature: 6C (43F)


    Tomorrow will remain windy with frequent heavy showers, with a chance of the odd rumble of thunder.

    Gales will become more likely through the evening. Maximum temperature: 9C (48F)

  4. BreakingStates approve £466m hospital funding plan

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    More than £466m will be spent building a new hospital in Jersey after a vote in the island's parliament.

    The funding proposal came from Treasury Minister, Senator Alan Maclean who said in summing up there would still be consultation with the public over the final design of the hospital.


    Members voted 30 in favour of the proposals to 16 against.

    The move will see the States borrow £275m towards the cost of building the hospital with the rest of the £466m coming from the strategic reserve.

    The search for a site for a new hospital in Jersey started five years ago and has cost over £23m so far.

  5. MV Bonita rescue remembered 36 years on

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The rescue of 29 people from a boat in the English Channel 36 years ago has been remembered by the RNLI.

    MV Bonita, an 8,000 tonne Ecuadorian cargo boat sailing from Hamburg to Panama, was caught in a hurricane on 13 December 1981, when it sent out a distress signal.

    Guernsey's lifeboat was among those called to the scene, and two crew were fatally injured.

    On the 30th anniversary, the RNLI commissioned a film to document the incident.

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  6. Inquest rules woman 'took her own life'

    Alison Moss

    BBC Channel Islands News

    An inquest has ruled that a Jersey pensioner, whose body was discovered in the sea in March after she went missing on the island's north coast, took her own life.

    Valerie Jehan

    The inquest at Morier House, St Helier, heard 75-year-old Valerie Jehan had a history of depression and had recently been discharged from St Saviour's Hospital.

    Returning a verdict of suicide the relief coroner Advocate Cyril Whelan said Mrs Jehan had been "overwhelmed by depression" when she went missing near Devil's Hole in St Mary.

  7. Nightclub fined £50,000 after drink-fuelled crime

    Jersey Evening Post

    The Havana nightclub has been fined £50,000 and warned it risks losing its licence after the Island’s Attorney General had to step in following following a series of drink-fuelled incidents.

  8. Guernsey commended for commitment to cruise sector

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey has been named the Best UK & British Isles Port of Call for the second time in three years for its commitment to the cruise sector, which has seen a 16% growth in visitor spending.

    The latest survey conducted on behalf of the States Committee for Economic Development found the average cruise visitor spend increased to more than £36 per head in 2017.

    It also found that passengers and a crew from the UK make up 70% of cruise visitors to Guernsey.

    Guernsey Harbour
  9. Jersey's new hospital: The debate so far

    Chris Rayner

    BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

    Jersey states members are divided over plans for the new hospital and how it should be funded.

    The long awaited debate has heard some members urge caution amid concerns over cost and disruption to the area where the hospital will be built.

    Deputy Simon Bree expressed concerns over taking out a £275m bond to pay for part of the cost, as opposed to the council of minister's plans to create the bond, a pay for the rest of the hospital from States reserves.

    He said it could cost the island far more than expected in repayments over 40 years.

    Others said the size of the building has changed in the year since they agreed to build it there, but St Helier Deputy, Jackie Hilton, said it had only increased slightly to move it back from neighbouring streets.

    But Constable Simon Crowcroft urged members to make a decision, saying he did not want to prolong the experience patients may be having in the currently "crowded wards".

    You can listen live to the debate here.

  10. Try a deep-fried mince pie, says chip shop owner

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Cobo Fish Bar is continuing its annual tradition of deep-frying festive treats over the Christmas period.

    Last year staff cooked up deep-fried Christmas pudding and this year they are serving battered mince pies.

    Manager Darren White says people should not be put off by the idea.

    "They're delicious", he says.

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    Last year the shop made deep-fried Christmas puddings.

  11. Politician resigns after losing 'vote for uncertainty'

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    Along with considering important issues such as Brexit and transport links as part of a vision for Guernsey's economy, Deputy Charles Parkinson has to find cohesion in his new committee.

    A task, which outgoing deputy Jan Kuttelwascher says will be difficult. He's resigned as vice president after losing today's leadership vote to Deputy Parkinson, the new president of Guernsey's Economic Development Committee.

    "It's a period of uncertainty now," Deputy Kuttlewascher tells me on the steps of the States. "That's what the assembly just voted for."

    You can understand his view, but whether or not it will continue for two-and-a-half years as he's saying, we'll have to wait and see.

    Deputy Kuttelwascher also alluded to further resignations, but for the time being he's on the back benches.

  12. Timeline for the development of the new hospital

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Politicians are currently debating whether to approve the business plan for the new hospital in St Helier, Jersey.

    If approved it will see the States borrow £275m towards the cost of the £466m hospital, with the rest coming from the Strategic Reserve Fund.


    So what happens next if politicians agree to the plans by Health Minister, Deputy Andrew Green:

    • 2018: Final planning application to go in for approval
    • December 2018: Work starts clearing the site ready for demolition
    • January 2019: Demolition work begins on existing buildings
    • January 2020: Building work starts on the new hospital
    • 2025: New hospital opens
  13. Crews clean up 'slippery substance' from Guernsey road

    Rob England

    BBC News Online


    A "slippery" and "oily" substance is being cleaned up from Smith Street in St Peter Port, Guernsey.

    A States spokesman said workers were trying to identify the substance and where it came from.

  14. Condor Liberation to resume service this week

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The Condor Liberation, which sails between the Channel Islands and Poole, will resume services this week after being sent to dry dock in Falmouth for maintenance.

    Condor Liberation

    It was taken out of action due to an engine fault in October.

    A company spokesman said "extensive work" had been done, including a service of the vessel's engines and exhaust systems.

    The Condor Rapide is due for maintenance in Janurary 2018, and the Liberation will cover its sailings during this time, according to Condor.

  15. Deputy Gollop elected to education committee

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    Deputy John Gollop has been elected as a member of the Education Sport and Culture Committee.

    He was elected unopposed and will fill the vacancy left following the resignation of Vice President Carl Meerveld.

    The current members of the Education Committee did not nominate a candidate.

    John Gollop
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  16. Foreshore charge 'unfair' says man hit with £30k charge

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey homeowner has spoken of his frustration in having to pay money to the states because his house overhangs the beachfront.

    Since the crown gifted the land surrounding Jersey which lies between the “high water mark of full Spring tide” and the “lowest mark of tide” - known as the foreshore - to the island, the states have been able to charge people whose land encroaches on the edge of the beach.

    Former Greve D'Azette resident Alan Luce found himself facing a bill of more than £30,000 when he moved to sell his property last year.

    He said the whole process gave him no chance to negotiate or dispute the charge - and he was not allowed to sell his house without paying it - which he says is unfair.

    Quote Message: There was no set process, the policy has just come out yesterday, I've read it, I've sent notes, I'm sort of being driven a little bit by legal council and by other people with this problem because it's not about the way people are perceived to have stolen land, it's the way you go about it." from Alan Luce
    Alan Luce

    The matter has been discussed in the states this week - and yesterday Deputy Eddie Noel, the Minister for Infrastructure, published his policy on the matter.

    He said since taxpayers own the foreshore anyone who builds on it should pay.

  17. BreakingDeputy Charles Parkinson elected economic development president

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    Deputy Charles Parkinson has been elected the new president of the Committee for Economic Development.

    States members voted 20-19 in favour of the former treasury minister.

    Charles Parkinson

    He will replace Deputy Peter Ferbrache, who resigned from the position last month over what he called an attack on his personal integrity.

    The other candidate, current Economic Development Vice President Jan Kuttelwascher, received 19 votes.

    There was one spoiled paper.

  18. Jackpot rises to £950k for Christmas lottery

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The jackpot for the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery has risen to £950,000, according to the States of Jersey and Guernsey.

    Every year the prize increases as people continue to buy tickets. The money raised goes to charities across the islands.

    Malcolm Woodhams, chairman of the Association of Guernsey Charities, said the lottery was a "good way" of raising money charities across the islands needed.

    Channel Islands Lottery
  19. 'Hit-and-run' bus-car crash

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Police are investigating a "hit-and-run" in Jersey after a car crashed into a bus.

    The number three Liberty Bus service was hit by the vehicle in Rozel at about 17:45 on Sunday, police said.

    Officers said the vehicle was believed to be a small blue hatchback, and was damaged on the right hand side.

    Police are appealing for witnesses.