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Summary

  1. Jersey crash shows 'importance of airbags'
  2. Closure of islands' VAT loophole defended, five years on
  3. Christmas Lottery £1m jackpot number revealed
  4. Employers support longer maternity leave in Jersey, report finds
  5. Dive-bombing seagull being moved to group of islands
  6. Updates on Tuesday 19 December 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for today.

    We'll be back on Wednesday from 07:00 with the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 22:30 and to get the latest news for your area from the BBC.

  2. Lottery 'raises large sums' for good causes

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    While some islanders may be scrambling to find their Channel Islands Christmas Lottery tickets and compare them to the winning numbers all those who took part are being thanked.

    While the winner will be walking away with £1m the proceeds benefit good causes across the islands.

    Quote Message: We thank everyone who has supported the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery this year. This traditional draw is so important for our community as it raises large sums of money for projects and good causes around the islands. On behalf of all the charities that are helped by the Christmas Lottery, thank you." from Malcolm Woodhams Chairman of the Association of Guernsey Charities
    Malcolm WoodhamsChairman of the Association of Guernsey Charities

    The association says more than 80 groups have benefited from the lottery in the past five years.

    Applications for grants can be made via the Association of Guernsey Charities or the Association of Jersey Charities.

  3. Twelve other prizes up for grabs

    The winning numbers for the 2017 Channel Islands Christmas Lottery are:

    Lottery winning numbers
  4. BreakingWinning ticket of £1m jackpot starts with a 4

    4045047 is the winning number in the 2017 Channel Islands Christmas Lottery.

    Congratulations if it's you - the prize is £1,008,410.

    The other prize numbers will follow.

  5. Boat owners warned to avoid salvage efforts

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Mariners are being asked to take special precautions around the south west coast of Jersey, during a salvage operation to raise a wrecked yacht.

    The buoy damaged in the incident

    The vessel sank halfway between Corbiere and Beauport last month, after hitting a buoy.

    The men on board were rescued by the inshore boat.

    Fourteen divers and a large crane will be trying to raise it from the seabed this week. The work's been delayed until now by bad weather.

  6. Graffiti appeal as park toilets damaged

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Police are appealing for witnesses after the toilet walls at Cambridge Park in St Peter Port were vandalised.

    The incident happened between 16:00 on Saturday afternoon and 07:30 on Sunday morning.

    The graffiti, which appears to be written in red marker pen, is undecipherable apart from the letters 'WTP & T.S.'.

  7. Family addiction course to start

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A new programme to help children whose parents and siblings have addictions will start in Jersey next year.

    The Silkworth charity group will run the course for children aged between seven and 12 years old, who are growing up in a family where there is alcoholism and other drug addictions.

    It will start in March 2018 and encourage children to communicate through role-play exercises, games and group discussions.

  8. Closing VAT loophole 'addressed unfair competition'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    HMRC has defended its decision to close a tax loophole - a move that adversely affected the islands' economies.

    Five years ago, UK tax authorities withdrew low value consignment relief - a loophole whereby Channel Island businesses, outside the EU, could send goods under the value of £15 into the UK without paying VAT.

    The move cost the islands hundreds of jobs, and now a BBC investigation has revealed the move brought in just a fraction of the tax revenue predicted.

    LVCR worker
    Quote Message: We are committed to a fairer tax system and ensuring that UK businesses, especially small and medium sized enterprises, can compete on a level playing field with businesses operating in the Channel Islands. Removing LVCR on these goods has addressed this problem of unfair competition." from HMRC
    HMRC
  9. Weather: Mostly cloudy tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    It will be increasingly cloudy overnight with some light rain or drizzle in places by Wednesday morning.

    The low overnight is 9C (48F).

    On Wednesday, it will be a mostly cloudy and dull day with light winds.

    Wednesday weather forecast
  10. BreakingTwo arrests made in hospital death investigation

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Two people have been arrested by Guernsey Police as part of an investigation into the sudden death of Lauren Ellis, 22, who died at the island's hospital on 12 October.

    Both individuals were interviewed and bailed pending further inquiries, which police say are ongoing.

    The Committee for Health and Social Care says it is unable to comment at this stage, but has fully cooperated with the investigation.

  11. Conservationist predicts Gulliver return

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A Jersey conservationist believes a nuisance seagull being moved by the island's government to Les Minquiers is likely to return.

    Les Minquiers

    The Environment Department has confirmed the bird, known as Gulliver, has been humanely captured and will be set free at the islands nine miles (15km) south of Jersey.

    Mike Stentiford says it is likely Gulliver will leave the sparsely populated islands and return to Jersey, or France, as it has got used to interacting with people.

    "I've got my suspicions that it's not going to stay there very long, gulls are pretty mobile.

    "I would put money on the fact that it's going to return to the island," he says.

  12. Airport plans being reviewed

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Planning officers will look at the outline for Jersey's new airport terminals, after being given the formal plans.

    Jersey airport plans

    The scheme involves creating a two-storey terminal, with departures upstairs and arrivals below.

    The 1937 building has to be demolished under aviation rules.

    Environment experts will also review the plans, to see what impact they may have.

  13. Education's top civil servant job 'not an educationalist role'

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    A background in education is not a necessity for the position of the top civil servant in Guernsey's Committee for Education, Sport and Culture, the States chief executive has said.

    Gus Paterson will take up the role in February. The current director of civil aviation for the Channel Islands previously worked in air traffic control for 15 year before leading "large multi-disciplinary teams" in Manchester and Bristol.

    Quote Message: The chief secretary to the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture is not an educationalist role per se; it is a demanding and challenging senior civil service post where quality leadership, management and policy skills are vital.
    Quote Message: Gus has a proven track record of bringing people with him as he delivers transformation and I’m confident he will offer excellent support to the committee while providing strong leadership for staff." from Paul Whitfield States of Guernsey chief executive
    Paul WhitfieldStates of Guernsey chief executive
  14. LVCR decision: Flower exporter recalls 'an industry ruined'

    Mark Inchley

    BBC Channel Islands News

    One of Guernsey's few remaining flower exporters says HMRC's decision to close a VAT loophole hasn't benefited UK tax authorities as originally envisaged.

    Rodney Brouard believes the 2012 closing of the LVCR loophole also "ruined" the island's fulfillment industry, with just two major businesses sending goods from the island "hanging on".

    Speaking to the BBC at his flower and plant export premises, Mr Brouard said before the decision he would have had 80 staff working over Christmas.

    He now has 10 workers, and has diversified his once booming export business.

    HMRC said the loophole had put UK businesses at a disadvantage, but a BBC investigation has found the decision to close it resulted in just £10m-a-year in additional tax revenue compared to the £100m predicted.

    Rodney Brouard
    Quote Message: It ruined the industries over here. There's only a couple of big players left here, luckily for the post office, because if they weren't here there would be problems there as well." from Rodney Brouard
    Rodney Brouard
  15. Christmas lottery jackpot rises above £1m

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    There could be a new millionaire in the islands as the top prize in this year's Channel Islands Christmas Lottery has passed the £1m mark.

    Last year the first prize of £​1,120,220 was won by a couple in Jersey.

    Malcolm Woodhams, chairman of the Association of Guernsey Charities, said the lottery raises "large sums of money" for projects and good causes around the islands.

    Channel Islands Christmas Lottery tickets and poster

    This year's numbers are due to be announced today from about 18:15.