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Summary

  1. Electrical fault may have caused van fire
  2. Guernsey cliff path work 'not taking place until 2020'
  3. UN says marriage under 18 is 'child marriage'
  4. Jersey teachers warn of action over pay 'cut'
  5. Isolated thunderstorms to affect islands for 18 hours
  6. Updates from Friday 23 November

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  1. Weather: Heavy showers overnight

    BBC Weather

    Some heavy showers are expected this evening with winds becoming light and variable.

    Maximum temperature overnight of 7C (44F).

    Saturday will be cloudy with spells of rain and highs of 11C (51F).

    Jersey:

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    Guernsey:

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  2. Red bricks stolen from derelict building site

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Red bricks have been stolen from a derelict building site in Guernsey, police have said.

    It happened between 16:00 on Tuesday and 08:00 on Wednesday on the Rue Des Massies, St Pierre Du Bois.

    Officers said the offenders cut through the security fencing to gain entry.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Guernsey Police.

  3. Christmas lights fireworks 'caused hillside fire'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    It's thought fireworks which were set off as part of St Helier's Christmas light switch-on set fire to part of the hillside around Fort Regent.

    The alarm was raised when a member of the public called 999 just after 19:00 on Thursday.

    Firefighters found grass near the main entrance on fire - just above the area where the fireworks had been set off.

    But people had already managed to get it under control - and the officers stayed to damp the area down and make sure it didn't reignite.

    Here's what the rest of the night looked like...

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    Video caption: Jersey Christmas Light switch-on
  4. Electrical fault may have caused van fire

    Mark Inchley

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The St Peter Port fire may have been caused by an electrical fault as the driver could smell electrical burning and he left the vehicle in situ, according to Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service.

    Dave Wallace, watch commander on white watch, said: "I'd like to thank the general public as our run down here was quite good and quick and other road users once they heard our sirens did pull away.

    "We had a smooth run, which obviously helps with our attendance time and we can get on with the big problem of fighting the fire."

    They managed to stop the fire spreading to nearby buildings, which were only metres away.

    Fire

    One eyewitness said: "We were walking along by the clocktower... and all we could see is this black smoke and then next thing all we've seen is the cab is completely on fire with flames shooting out everywhere... it was scary."

    Mr Wallace said: "The heat was quite intense. We had a few hairy moments with sparks flying everywhere... we know as the professional what to expect, but to the general public it looks a lot worse."

  5. Isolated thunderstorms to affect islands for 18 hours

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

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

    It added they're likely to affect the area for the next 18 hours.

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  6. Road accidents cause 'half of squirrel deaths'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    More than half of all red squirrel deaths reported to the Jersey Animal Shelter (JSPCA) over seven years were down to road traffic accidents, a study has revealed.

    The survey - by former JSPCA veterinary surgeon, Tiffany Blackett - into the deaths of red squirrels in Jersey has been published in professional journal, the Veterinary Record.

    Squirrel

    Ms Blackett examined the cause of death and incidence of diseases in 337 squirrels at the Jersey Animal Shelter.

    It found 50.7% of squirrels died from road traffic injuries, 34.4% from disease and 6.5% from trauma which includes falls and entrapment.

    Of those studied, 7.1% died after being attacked by cats, dogs and birds.

    The full report found that a mixture of disease, fragmented woodlands and an increasingly suburban habitat were among the biggest risk to the long-term viability of the Jersey red squirrel population.

    There are thought to be about 500 red squirrels in Jersey.

  7. In Pictures: St Peter Port van fire

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    The fire has been put out but the road remains closed and there are reports traffic is backed up in both directions.

    Emergency services are continuing to advise people to avoid the area.

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  8. Seafront closed due to van fire

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The St Peter Port seafront has been closed while firefighters tackle the vehicle on fire on the North Esplanade.

    Police say the road is expected to stay shut "for a while".

    Buses are being diverted as they would be during a Seafront Sunday event and motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

  9. BreakingVan on fire outside tourist information

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A van is on fire outside the Guernsey Information Centre.

    Emergency services are aware, but no further details are available at this time.

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    Video caption: The traditional Guernsey jumper has been adapted as a costume for the blockbuster.
  11. Storm-damaged slipway closed for 'foreseeable future'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Following damage to the Havelet Slipway from storms last week, Guernsey Harbours is still considering the options.

    Parts of the slipway were uprooted while a pontoon was damaged beyond repair.

    Boatowners are being advised not use the slipway at Havelet for the foreseeable future.

    Damage to Havelet Slipway
  12. Teachers warn of action over pay 'cut'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jerseys largest teachers union says members still haven't got the pay rise they want - and could take industrial action.

    The States said it was going to give them no further option but to accept the latest deal.

    But the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) says what's being offered is a pay cut for teachers and by 2020 their pay will have gone down by 10%.

    The union says it will now "seriously consider" balloting for industrial action.

  13. Cliff path work 'not taking place until 2020'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Fermain sea wall and cliff path

    Work to secure the future of a Guernsey cliff path will not take place until 2020.

    The sea defences at the base of the cliff at Fermain were damaged in severe storms in early November.

    Concerns have been raised as to whether the cliff path is at risk, with winter approaching, and more storms likely.

    However, Peter Barnes, the projects officer for Environment and Infrastructure, says a survey completed in 2017 shows the path is safe for the public to use.

  14. UN says marriage under 18 is 'child marriage'

    BBC Radio Jersey

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    The United Nations has asked Jersey to change the minimum age at which people are allowed to get married in the island.

    At the moment you can get married at the age of 16, but the UN says marriage of those under 18 is considered "child marriage".

    Jersey's Children's Commissioner Deborah McMillan has supported the move and believes it will protect children.

    Quote Message: Setting a minimum age of marriage is a really important way to safeguard children from being married before they're ready." from Deborah McMillan Children's Commissioner
    Deborah McMillanChildren's Commissioner

    In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you can get married from the age of 16 if you have parental or legal guardian consent.

    In Jersey you can get married between 16 and 18 with parental or legal guardian consent.