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  1. Weather: Cold evening ahead with risk of odd shower

    BBC Weather

    It will be mainly cloudy through this evening with just a few clear spells.

    It will stay mainly dry too, with just a risk of the odd shower.

    Less cold than previous nights with some light winds.

    Overnight lows of 7C (44F).

    Jersey:

    Jersey weather

    Guernsey:

    Guernsey weather
  2. Contingency plans launched for Sark's power switch-off

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    Residents on Sark are being warned that their electricity supply may experience interruptions.

    Sark Electricity says it can no longer afford to provide power to its customers after it was forced to lower its prices.

    The utility company's managing director said in a letter to customers that he had "no option" but to turn off the power to 300 homes at the end of November.

    Sark Electricity power station
    Image caption: Sark Electricity generates its power by burning diesel on four generators in an old coal store

    The Chief Pleas said it was working to resolve the situation and make sure homeowners and businesses had enough power to function adequately.

    It said there would be key hubs of electricity to keep essential services available until the island has a full service restored.

    Drinking water will be made available and a medical help point will be available 24 hours a day at the Assembly Room.

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  3. Popular Guernsey club to close for good

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Club

    Guernsey's Barbados Beach Club has announced it will be closing next month.

    The club - near the taxi rank in St Peter Port - was built in the mid-70s and has been known as many different names including Flags and The Golden Monkey.

    Club owners announced the closure on social media on Thursday.

    It will close officially on 22 December.

    club closure announcement
  4. New 5G data network being tested in Jersey

    BBC Radio Jersey

    5G

    Jersey Telecom is creating a new 5G network for the island which could make the internet on users' phones 10 times faster.

    5G is faster and more reliable than 4G - which is the best connection currently available in the island.

    The network aims to launch a test service next year and then roll out a Channel Island-wide service by 2021.

  5. Average house in Jersey now costs more than London

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The average house in Jersey is now more expensive than the average house in London, the Jersey Statistics Unit have revealed.

    The latest Jersey house price index found the average island home was £485,000 compared to £484,000 in London and a UK average of £232,000.

    The figures show there are more properties selling - and for more money - across all property types.

    An average one-bedroom flat is now worth £253,000, which is up £26,000 on 2017 and an average two-bedroom flat is worth £358,000.

    Houses have gone up more than flats with an average three-bedroom house now worth £589,000 - up £33,000 on 2017 and an average four bedroom house worth £908,000, up £73,000 on the year before.

    House stats

    Comparison of average house prices:

    • Jersey - £485,000
    • London - £484,000
    • South East (not London) - £328,000
    • East - £294,000
    • South West - £259,000
    • West Midlands - £198,000
    • East Midlands- £193,000
    • Yorkshire- £163,000
    • North West- £163,000
    • North East- £131,000
  6. Christmas makes up 'quarter of yearly sales' in St Helier

    BBC Radio Jersey

    As the Christmas lights are due to be switched on in St Helier later, the town manager says Christmas shoppers make up a quarter of the town's yearly sales.

    Daphne East says the area is facing a "make or break" few weeks and is relying on shoppers to spend their money over the festive period.

    She says people shopping locally is important for the survival of the high street and everyone needs to play their part...

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    Video caption: St Helier's town manager says the area relies on Christmas shoppers
  7. The Fantastic Beasts costumes made in Guernsey

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Knitwear that was made and designed in Guernsey features in the new instalment of the Fantastic Beasts film franchise.

    Guernsey Woollens made more than 100 sleeveless jumpers worn in the movie by the police of the wizarding world - the French Aurors - in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

    Paul Eldridge helped come up with the final products and said they have quite a few nods to Guernsey - at the request of the film's producers.

    However, he added only eagle-eyed viewers will be able to spot the finer details...

    Video content

    Video caption: Guernsey Woollens made more than 100 sleeveless jumpers worn in the film
  8. Overnight roof blaze 'undetected for some time'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A roof fire was burning "undetected for some time" in a Jersey home before residents left the burning building, firefighters have said.

    fire

    The blaze started in the property's loft and residents were alerted some time after when they heard "a loud bang".

    Fire crews were called at about 20:30 on Wednesday to St Lawrence.

    A fire spokesman said: "Due to the intensity of the heat a section of the roof collapsed, however, the crew’s hard work brought the fire safely under control."

    The case is being investigated.

    Burnt out roof
  9. New research reveals voting habits of islanders

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey voters don't like having political candidates knock on their door and think manifestos are too long and complicated, according to a new report from research company, ComRes.

    The research was commissioned by the States of Jersey to look at islanders' voting habits.

    The results showed only a third of those aged 16 to 34 turned out to vote and those born in Jersey are more likely to vote than those who have moved to the island from elsewhere.

    Research also found those who didn't vote are more likely to if there was a candidate who shared their values and if they saw evidence their politicians could make a real difference.

    The majority of non-voters said they "distrusted" the voting system, saying it is "disconnected" and "old-fashioned".

    polling station sign

    The estimated number of eligible voters for the end of 2017 is 83,620 which represents a difference of 21,497 when compared with the registered voter total as at 9 May 2018 of 62,123.

  10. Yellow weather warning for wind across the islands

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    There's currently a yellow weather warning in place for wind across the islands, Jersey Met has said.

    It added winds of force six can be expected.

    weather warning
  11. Farming medical cannabis 'could make island millions'

    Stephanie Gabbatt

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A local politician says growing medicinal cannabis in Guernsey's old greenhouses could make the island millions.

    Deputy Carl Meerveld is supportive of growing and exporting the drug.

    A number of moves have been made to cultivate medicinal cannabis in Guernsey over the last year and Health and Social Care says a local operator can apply for a license to grow the drug under the current law.

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    Deputy Gavin St Pier said a number of interested parties are working with the government.

    Whilst Health and Social Care has been leading the way, a number of other committees will also have an interest, from Home Affairs and Environment and Infrastructure to Economic Development and the Planning Department.

    Related story: GPs to prescribe medical cannabis in Jersey

  12. Debt cases 'fall by more than a third'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    man looking at calculator

    New figures show fewer people in Jersey are facing debt problems, but those which are owe larger sums of money.

    The number of debt judgments fell by almost a third during the third quarter of the year, compared to the same time in 2017, according to data published by The Registry Trust.

    But the average value of those debts - between July and September - increased by more than 80% to more than £2m.

    Quote Message: Lenders who had been more efficient had been pursuing smaller judgements and this clearly hasn't been happening this time. We're going to watch what comes in closely over the next quarter and see whether this increase in value is some kind of new trend and, in which case, why, or whether these have just been an unusual three months. from Malcolm Hurlston Chairman, The Registry Trust
    Malcolm HurlstonChairman, The Registry Trust
  13. High tide times for the region

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    If you're planning a trip to the beach or coast, here are the high water times around Devon and Cornwall.

    high tide times

    We'll have the latest forecast on BBC Spotlight at 13:30.

  14. Weather: Cloudy with sunny spells and chance of showers

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    Today will be partly cloudy with sunny spells.

    There will be an increasing chance of showers through the afternoon.

    Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

    weather map