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  1. Weather: Thunderstorms clearing, fresher on Wednesday

    BBC Weather

    Any evening thunderstorms will pull away to the north-east leaving behind a largely dry night with areas of cloud and some clear spells. Moderate west to south-westerly winds.

    Minimum temperature: 14 to 17C (57 to 63F).

    A fresher feel to the weather on Wednesday. An isolated light shower cannot be completely ruled out but in general, it looks like staying dry with periods of sunshine.

    Maximum temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).

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    Jersey weather

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    Guernsey weather
  2. Your pictures: Unusual cloud captured in Alderney

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Thanks to Fran for sending in this photo of what she calls an "incredible cloud formation", which she saw from Alderney at about 16:00 before it "disappeared in minutes".

    If you want to share your photos send us an email.

    Cloud
  3. Designs released for wildlife hospital

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The designs for a new wildlife hospital in Guernsey have been revealed.

    The new GSPCA building is replacing a number of unusable existing structures that are scattered across the site on Rue des Truchots.

    It is to include rehabilitation aviaries, seal enclosures, outer pool areas and hedgehog rehabilitation rooms.

    Each year the GSPCA helps between 1,500 and 2,000 wild animals and birds.

    It is campaigning to raise money towards the cost of the new building.

    Building design
  4. Battle of Flowers traffic information

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    With the Battle of Flowers just two days away, here is some of the key traffic information.

    Some floats will begin moving from the west of the island as early as 05:00. There will be some coming along the Airport Road and going down Beaumont Hill heading to Millbrook playing fields.

    More floats will begin moving from about 06:00 with delays possible around Bel Royal, Gloucester Street and routes leading to Victoria Avenue.

    At about 09.15 road closures will start to be implemented on Victoria Avenue.

    Float

    There will be a closure at the Rue Du Galet end of Victoria Avenue, and traffic will be diverted going eastbound up Rue Du Galet. There will also be diversions at Bel Royal.

    The Spur Road at First Tower will be closed to all traffic going onto Victoria Avenue, eastbound traffic will go on the Inner Road. Traffic coming out of the Underpass will be moved into one lane near Gloucester Street and Victoria Avenue will be closed to all Westbound traffic.

    Traffic going Northbound can proceed up Kensington Place and Westbound Traffic will be diverted to the Inner Road.

    Gloucester Street will have three lanes, an emergency lane and the other two for traffic going Westbound and Eastbound, there will be no parking in Gloucester Street. Roads should open by 18:30.

  5. Recycling blaze a 'timely reminder' says fire chief

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's chief fire officer has thanked all those who helped to extinguish a "challenging" fire at a recycling plant.

    Jon Le Page said "other sectors of the States" helped, "as well as local businesses and members of the public, all assisted in bringing this fire to a safe and swift conclusion".

    Investigations are now under way to establish the cause of the fire.

    Fire
    Quote Message: We routinely exercise with others within the States of Guernsey for major incidents such as this. Although they are very infrequent, this incident is a timely reminder of why we prepare ourselves in this way. Initial reports are that the multi-agency collaboration during this incident was executed extremely well and no doubt played a part in the successful outcome." from Jon Le Page Guernsey Chief Fire Officer
    Jon Le PageGuernsey Chief Fire Officer
  6. Call to change rules on over-55s housing

    Freddie Miller

    Broadcast Journalist BBC Radio Jersey

    A politician is calling for a re-think, after the Jersey Homes Trust said it's had to turn house-hunters away from one of its developments because they're not old enough.

    The planning department decided the social housing properties at the old Jersey College for Girls site - which is now called College Gardens - would only be offered to people over the age of 55.

    Homes trust chairman Michael Van Neste says he's had to say no to people who otherwise tick all the boxes.

    With more than 1,000 people on the States' housing waiting list, Senator Sarah Ferguson says officials should reconsider the age limit.

  7. Four 'Genuine Jersey' companies given top award

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The world's biggest food and drink awards have awarded four Jersey businesses gold stars.

    There were more than 12,000 entries for the Great Taste Awards - which are known as the "Oscars" of the food world.

    Just over a third of them have been awarded the top rating and among them are local companies Wild Health, Sue's Fudge, Jersey Sea Salt and the Chilli Kitchen.

  8. Recycling site fire: 'Not a poster boy'

    John Fernandez

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    He's probably in the most viewed local photo of the year, but Guernsey fire service crew commander Paul Bishop denies he's a "poster boy".

    Captured by photographer Martin Gray and featured in the local media, the image of the fire at Guernsey Recycling, in St Sampson on Friday, has been widely shared.

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    Mr Bishop said: "It was a large fire, that was a good photo, but there were a lot of guys on the ground working extremely hard. It was a massive team effort, we all worked very hard - it was a long day."

    He said he had been getting "a lot of stick, [but] it's quite good fun".

  9. Boat fire 'looked a lot worse than it was'

    John Fernandez

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    After Guernsey's fire service spent Friday dealing with a huge blaze, firefighters were also greeted by a "large black plume of smoke" when responding to a boat fire four days later.

    The shout involved a boat on private property on the Rue Sauvage, St Sampson.

    Smoke from boat fire

    Crew commander Paul Bishop said: "We brought the blaze under control within five minutes and we spent the time here, the next half hour, damping down.

    "It did look like quite a large fire but obviously, with the fibreglass and things like that, it just looked a lot worse than it was."

    He added: "A couple of gentlemen were recycling the boat using disc cutters and we think a stray spark caused the blaze."

  10. Midway point for youngest English Channel bid swimmer

    John Fernandez

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Rosie Williams is currently midway through her Channel swim.

    If successful, the 26-year-old will become the youngest Guernsey woman to complete the crossing.

    She set off at 04:50 and is being supported from her guard boat by her friend...

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    Video caption: Rosie Williams is midway in a bid to become the youngest Channel Islander to do the swim.
  11. Cruise ship sails in for Battle of Flowers day

    BBC Radio Jersey

    More than 120 British, American and Australian passengers will be on a cruise ship coming to Jersey in time for the Battle of Flowers on Thursday.

    It's thought to be the first time the arrival of a cruise ship will coincide with the annual floral parade, according to battle organisers.

    Jackie Donald from the Battle of Flowers Association said she hoped more international ships would come in the future.

  12. Waste water station fully functioning after refurb

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Works to improve a waste water pumping station are nearing completion.

    Guernsey Water said the station at the Richmond end of Vazon was now back in full operation.

    The refurbishment started in November 2017 and involved installing chemical resistant liners to five chambers, installing a third pump, and replacing power and control panels.

    Quote Message: The refurbishment was necessary because of hydrogen sulphide within the sewage attacking the concrete structures and steel components - mainly the covers which have also been replaced. At the same time, we took the opportunity to enhance a ... motor control centre panel, which will help with blockage reduction and efficiency." from Mark Walker Capital Delivery Manager, Guernsey Water
    Mark WalkerCapital Delivery Manager, Guernsey Water
    Waste pumping station
  13. Officials 'have to act over camper van parking'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Parish officials will have to act to enforce rules after reports of loud music, litter, swearing and rowdy behaviour near Jersey's beaches, the constable of St Brelade has warned.

    Mike Jackson said there had been complaints about the behaviour of some camper van owners parked in St Ouen's Bay, and there were also problems at Ouaisne at the weekend.

    He said owners had to pay attention to the strict rules governing what camper van users could and could not do.

    Camper Van
  14. Rue Sauvage fire: Boat ablaze

    Guernsey's emergency services have contained a "large fire" which was reported in St Sampson.

    They said the blaze involved a boat on private property on the Rue Sauvage.

    The fire service remains on site, but the main road and nearby roads have reopened.

    Boat fire
  15. 'Large fire' reported in St Sampson

    Guernsey's emergency services are asking people to avoid the Rue Sauvage as fire and police are dealing with a "large fire".

    A spokesman said emergency vehicles were likely to block the road, so they have asked people to avoid the area.

    He added the "severity" of the fire was "unknown" as yet.

  16. Homes trust 'frustrated' over lack of tenants

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The chairman of the Jersey Homes Trust is "frustrated and disappointed" they haven't been able to rent some of the social housing at the former Jersey College for Girls site in St Helier.

    There are more than 1,000 people on a States housing waiting list, but the trust has only been able to rent about half of the 40 properties.

    The Planning Department decided they should only be for over-55s.

    Michael van Neste said people were put off because not all the properties had parking and the building was on a hill.

  17. 'Up to a year' for quarry impact assessment

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    It could take a year to establish whether two quarries in the Vale are suitable for the disposal of the island's inert waste, according to the lead civil servant for waste in Guernsey.

    An environmental impact assessment will be carried out on both L'Epine and Guillotin quarries to conclude whether the areas are viable.

    Richard Evans said a solution would be needed fairly quickly but the assessments would take about a year and then the report would have to go to the States for review.

    Local residents and deputies have voiced concerns over the move, with Deputy Matt Fallaize labelling the investigations "a waste of time and money."