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  1. Guernsey Police: Clowns 'will be charged'
  2. Refuge manager awarded £33,600 for dismissal
  3. '£500,000 to improve dairy hygiene'
  4. The scrapping of 11-plus tests could be overturned or delayed under plans from the Education, Sport and Culture Committee
  5. A Jersey group, which has been taking supplies to the refugee camp at Calais, has launched an urgent appeal for emergency aid
  6. £200m 'Boaty' ship starts construction
  7. Updates on Monday 17 October 2016

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Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

And that's a wrap for Local Live today.

We're back tomorrow morning at 08:00, but don't forget BBC Channel Islands News at 19:00 on BBC1 tonight - note the later time due to coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Heroes Parade in Manchester.

Watch out for the high tides in the Channel Islands tonight, and of course, don't step on the soft sand!

Leader of new scout group excited to be working in home parish

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A new scout group in Jersey will be led by a local woman.

Elisabeth Blampied, group scout leader of 23rd Jersey (St Lawrence), has been involved in scouting since 2005 and has mostly worked in the UK.

She said: "I am excited about the opportunity... especially as it is in my home parish."

  • The Jersey Scout Association has more than 1,000 members
  • There are seven groups covering the island
  • Nearly 250 adult volunteers are involved with the association

Our volunteer leaders get great satisfaction providing scouting, if any adults would like to join our leadership team I can assure them they will have the time of their lives."

Iain FordIsland Commissioner

Latest weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Here's a look at this evening's weather in Jersey...

Jersey weather chart.

And in Guernsey...

Guernsey weather chart.

Boaty starring at keeling ceremony

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Construction of the UK's new £200m polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, has formally begun, after a ceremony saw a crane lower a near-100-tonne segment of keel on to blocks on the firm's slipway.

The vessel is already well known owing to the online vote to name it, which saw the public choose Boaty McBoatface, a name suggested by former BBC Radio Jersey presenter James Hand.

While the UK government overruled the vote, an autonomous long-range submarine has been adorned with the name.

View more on twitter

I reckon Boaty needs considerably less than 106,000 litres.

A couple of tins should do it...

Boaty in pose at the keeling ceremony

Work to improve dairy health rating begins

BBC Channel Islands News

Builders have moved into Guernsey Dairy to carry out urgent work needed to up its hygiene rating. 

A recent Environmental Health inspection saw the facility get just two out of five possible stars. 

The improvements are expected to cost up to £500,000 over the next two years.

Scrutiny meeting 'uncomfortable' for education president

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

About 30 people attended this afternoon's scrutiny hearing at Beau Sejour looking into how the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture plans to address budget cuts of up to 13%.

The questions focused mainly on secondary schooling in what was at times an uncomfortable time for committee President Paul Le Pelley.

The questions: Why it'd taken them six months to come back to the States on the 11 plus, and after we learnt the overall structure of secondary schooling will take until June 2017 to be resolved - why the piecemeal approach involving separate decisions on selection, number of schools and the future of private school funding.

The answers: It'd taken time to properly consult people, that a decision on selection must come first and everything else follows, and crucially an acknowledgement that the man at the top - an ardent supporter of selection - will stay regardless of the States decision on the 11 plus.

EH Trophy: Jersey to host Guernsey in second round of national tournament

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Guernsey will travel to Jersey for the second round of the England Hockey Men's Trophy on 13 November.

Yesterday in the first round Jersey beat Lewes 4-1 on penalty strokes after the match finished 4-all, while Guernsey had a bye.

Guernsey Hockey celebrate a goal in the EH Trophy.
Peter Carey

After winning the competition a third time, the Sarnians are also competing in the next level up - the Men's Cup - with an away draw in the second round of that competition against London Edwardians on 30 October.

How much should politicians get paid?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The review into the pay of Jersey's States members is now under way and a public consultation has been launched.

The States Members Remuneration Review Body want to hear your opinion on the following things:

  • Whether the Chief Minister should receive additional salary in view of his additional responsibilities
  • Whether additional salary should be made available to ministers and chairmen of scrutiny panels once the economic climate has improved
  • Whether States members’ salary (£46,600) should be held level during the 2018 - 2022 period

Priaulx gets first Ford win

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey racing driver, Andy Priaulx has secured his first win for the Ford Chip Ginassi team in the "6 Hours of Fuji" event in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

He and team mate Harry Ticknell won by 15.5 seconds to round off a successful weekend.

Andy Priaulx

Priaulx and the team have two races left this season in what is his maiden campaign, after making the switch from the World Touring Car Championship.

Fancy being a scout or a leader?

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A new Scout Group is starting up in Jersey - the 23rd Jersey will be based in St Lawrence.

The association is holding a series of open evenings for those aged six, or nearly six, and up.

Its aim is to run a Beaver Scout section for 6-8 year olds and a Cub Scout Section for 8 to 10-and-a-half year olds.

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'Weak' Guernsey FC crushed by Hastings

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance says his side made it easy for Hastings United to thrash them 6-1.

Tony Vance
Fran Torode

The loss extended the Green Lions poor away form - they have not won away from home since last December.

"I don't think they were six goals better than us, I think we made it very easy for them to win 6-1, they haven't earned their goals, we've given them to them," Vance told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"It's not a side I'm fearful of, but I'm fearful of us at the moment because we're a little bit weak."

High tides tonight in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

This a picture of St Peter Port harbour last night during a 10m tide.

Tonight at 20:39 it's due to be 20cm higher, so there's likely to be a fair amount of water coming over the road.

St Peter Port harbour at high tide
Nick Brown

And it's a similar story in Jersey, with an orange level warning issued by the Jersey Met Office for the south coast this evening...

Waves breaking over sea walls are expected to cause problems with water and debris on roads along Jersey's south on this evening's and tomorrow morning's high tides. Some flooding may occur."

CI Weather Warnings@Jersey_MetCI

High tide is at 20:14 in Jersey, at 12m.

Scrutiny focusing on education today

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Education, Sport and Culture Committee are currently answering questions from a scrutiny panel over its plans for the future.

It's a meeting that was in the public eye last week after committee President Paul Le Pelley initially refused to attend.

The committee is answering questions on budget cuts, spending plans, and progress on their proposals for selection and secondary education.

Inside the Scrutiny meeting.

'It's a team we never want to draw'

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey player-coach Andy Whalley says it was inevitable that they would someday draw their biggest rivals in the EH Trophy.

Andy Whalley
Peter Carey

The two sides have been paired to play one another in the second round next month after Jersey's first-round win on Sunday.

"It's a team we never want to draw, but the inevitable was going to happen eventually," Whalley told BBC Radio Guernsey ahead of the game which will be played on 13 November.

"The Guernsey-Jersey occasion tends to be a little more fraught, there tends to be a little more emotion in them and they're difficult games to play in, so to draw them in the trophy is not ideal, but we've got a good record against them so we're confident going into it."

French Ambassador coming to Guernsey

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The French Ambassador to the UK will be visiting Guernsey tomorrow.

Her Excellency Mrs Sylvie Bermann is visiting to "further strengthen links between France and Guernsey".

Mrs Bermann will be meeting local politicians to discuss the island’s economy, developments within the EU and the implications of the Brexit vote for Guernsey.

Her Excellency Mrs Sylvie Bermann

'£500,000 to improve dairy hygiene'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Up to £500,000 will need to be spent on Guernsey Dairy over the next two years to improve hygiene standards, the head of corporate services has told BBC News.

It comes after the facility got a rating of just two out of five stars after a recent inspection.

We have to maintain the building anyway to ensure that we can keep safe services being provided from here. We're looking at what the impacts are and what the future might look like in terms of keeping this building going, or drawing a line in the sand at some point and saying 'we've spent enough on the building now, we're going to look at building a new one somewhere else.' The plan that we're coming up with is going to take all of that into consideration."

Richard EvansHead of Corporate Services, Guernsey Dairy
The production line in Guernsey Dairy

Home-made signs 'aren't the answer'

BBC Radio Jersey

A road safety expert says home-made signs asking people to slow down 'aren't the answer' to keeping Jersey's roads safe - but a licensing points system might be.

Tim Parker-Garner of the Road Safety Panel was responding to signs which have been put up on Old St John's Road by a concerned resident.

The road has a 20mph limit, but local people say drivers often go much faster than that.

I think points on licenses is the way forward. People value their driving licences, and if they were to lose them, they'd think 'hang on a minute, I'm going to do 20.'"

Tim Parker-GarnerRoad Safety Panel

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online


  • A manager at the Jersey Women's Refuge has been awarded more than £30,000 at an employment tribunal
  • A body is being set up to regulate Jersey's Health and Social Services
  • More than 250 homes could be built on the Jersey Gas site in St Helier


  • Deputies are being asked whether they should re-think the decision made on the 11-plus and selection
  • A former politician and dairy manager says calls for a new facility to be built are unrealistic
  • Police in Guernsey say just because you're in fancy dress you could still face a prison sentence if you're caught threatening someone

Christmas lights going up

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

While Guernsey might be struggling to find the cash for their Christmas lights, Jersey's are under construction as we speak...

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'Soft sand' on beaches

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

I've got images of Indiana Jones having to get rescued from the sinking sand in the Amazon Rainforest, but I suspect this isn't quite the same...

A member of the public has reported "soft sand" on Rocquaine Beach, Guernsey.

Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management says "it is not clear why the soft spots developed, but with the exceptional rising tides over the weekend the problem has been resolved. The beach surface will be back to normal so States Works has been asked to remove the signs."

Beware the soft sand.

The warning signs of Rocquaine Beach

Mauger and Cammack win Jersey Rally

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Simon Mauger and Brian Cammack have won the Jersey Rally for a sixth year.

Simon Mauger and Brian Cammack
Ben Buesnel

The UK-based duo were less than six seconds clear of second-placed Ross Le Noa and Domonic Volante from Jersey.

"This was definitely the hardest win we've had over in Jersey, it's a massive achievement and we're really pleased that we've got the win," Mauger told BBC Radio Jersey. "We had three or four crews just trailing by seconds the whole way through the rally."

Construction down by 3%, survey shows

Guernsey Press

Big projects are on the horizon, but for now the construction industry is subdued, the sector’s representative body has said.

Refuge manager awarded £33,600 for dismissal

BBC Radio Jersey

A manager at the Jersey Women's Refuge has been awarded £33,600 for being unfairly dismissed.

Jersey's Employment and Discrimination Tribunal found that Samantha Price had been constructively, unfairly dismissed and was entitled to compensation. 

The tribunal agreed with the claims of Mrs Price that she was the victim of allegations that were false and which were not properly investigated.

Jersey Women's Refuge has the opportunity to appeal to the Royal Court.

Hawkins-Kay wins Jersey cricket award

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey international Anthony Hawkins-Kay has been named the island's Cricketer of the Year for 2016.

Anthony Hawkins-Kay
Ian Jacobs/ICC

The all-rounder took 11 wickets at an average of 17.4 with the ball and scored 187 runs at an average of 46.7 in the island's domestic league and was also part of the Jersey side which won World Cricket League Division Five earlier this summer.

"I felt I had a good season, so it's always nice to get recognised at the end-of-season awards," Kay told BBC Radio Jersey.

'It even means you!'

BBC Radio Jersey

How far would you go to stop people speeding outside your home?

Of course you might contact the police, encourage them to put up signs and get their speed guns into action. 

Well one resident has taken things that little bit further, and put up his own speed limit signs, to try and encourage people to slow down. 

David Le Quesne has resorted to putting posters outside his house on Old St John's Road in St Helier...

Speeding sign

Ambassador to present Legion d'honneur

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

During her visit to Guernsey over the next couple of days, the French Ambassador to the UK will present a Guernseyman with the Legion d'honneur.

Mr William Blair is a veteran of the D-Day landings, landing on Normandy on 6 June 1944.

A Legion d'honneur medal

Some of your views...


The President of Guernsey's Committee for Education is defending his decision to bring the debate of selection back to the States saying it's more "democratic" to let the new assembly decide.  

Here's what you've been tweeting...

Rick: Deputy Le Pelley is asking the wrong question regarding the 11+. The primary question is 'Do you want to retain the Grammar School?' 

MDC: Why do we continue to re-debate things that a previous assembly has done. Decision made, move on! 

Sam: Here's an idea: keep debating education issues until the Board gets an answer it likes. After all, that approach worked so well for waste.

I think there might be a hint of sarcasm there Sam...

Remember if you want to get in touch with us you can always send us an email!

Floral awards in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Three Guernsey Parishes were awarded awards for their flower displays over the weekend.

St Peters picked up gold in the Britain in Bloom Champion of Champions - the highest award available, while St Peter Port and St Martins won gold and silver in their categories.

The awards recognise the hard work of volunteers, who have helped transform and enhance their local communities.

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Boaty McBoatface to form part of Arctic team

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The construction of the RRS Sir David Attenborough begins on Merseyside today.

In a public vote, the name of Boaty McBoatface - suggested by former BBC Radio Jersey presenter James Hand - actually won the poll, but the UK government decided to overrule the decision and celebrate the life of naturalist Sir David Attenborough instead.

However, the name Boaty McBoatface will live on, with the a remotely-controlled autonomous submarine taking on the name.

Boaty McBoatface

The Boaty sub-sea vehicle will be dispatched from RRS Sir David Attenborough to allow the ship's research crew to collect data and samples from the deepest waters of the Arctic and Antarctic.  

Proposal to make eco centre heart of Jersey National Park

A States building named in memory of a champion of the Island’s environment could be given a new lease of life to attract visitors to the Jersey National Park, the Jersey Evening Post reports.

Police investigating clown incident

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey Police are investigating an "altercation" between three men in St Peter Port in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Two of the three people involved were in fancy dress.

Education Committee split on 11-plus

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The scrapping of the 11-plus in Guernsey schools could be overturned or delayed under new plans revealed by the Education Committee.

Deputy Paul Le Pelley wants a "final decision" on selection, claiming that the turnover in the States following April's general election could change the result. 

The Committee itself is split, with two members - including its President, Deputy Le Pelley - wanting to retain selection, while the other three members want to see all-ability schools.

We are simply asking the assembly to decide whether we have a selective or non-selective education system. Once the direction on academic selection at 11 has been determined, we will work on what this means for the future of the education estate."

Deputy Paul Le PelleyPresident of the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online


  • Deputies will confirm or overturn the decision made to scrap the 11-plus in next months States meeting
  • Guernsey Police has launched its own in-house operation to deal with the number of people dressing up in clown outfits
  • The St Peter Port life boat was in action at the weekend to help a pregnant woman in Herm get to hospital


  • A road safety expert says home-made signs asking people to slow down 'aren't the answer', after a resident in Old John's Road decided to put out his own notices
  • A Jersey charity is asking you to donate shoes, blankets and tents to help migrants in Calais as part of an urgent appeal for emergency aid
  • A keel-laying ceremony takes place today to mark the formal start of construction of a £200m polar research vessel, which almost got named Boaty McBoatface after a suggestion from a Jersey resident

Jersey make second round of EH Trophy

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey's men are through to the second round of the EH Trophy after beating Lewes on penalty flicks after a 4-4 draw.

The island side could face rivals and reigning champions Guernsey in the second round next month - the Sarnians had a first-round bye.

Rathbones Jersey beat @LewesHockeyClub on penalties in the @EnglandHockey Trophy first round after a 4-4 draw.

Rathbones Jersey beat @LewesHockeyClub on penalties in the @EnglandHockey Trophy first round after a 4-4 draw.

Woman banged her head in row with boyfriend

A 28 year-old man’s girlfriend suffered head injuries as she tried to get away from him during an argument, the Magistrate’s Court heard, the Jersey Evening Post reports.

£200m 'Boaty' ship starts construction

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Construction of the UK's new £200m polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, formally begins today.

A ceremony will see a crane lower a near-100-tonne segment of keel on to blocks on the firm's slipway.

The vessel is already well known after the online vote to name it, with former BBC Radio Jersey presenter James Hands' suggestion of "Boaty McBoatface" winning by a stretch.

While the government overruled the vote on the main ship, an autonomous yellow submarine will be named Boaty McBoatface in recognition of the public demand. 

A rendering of the RSS David Attenborough

£25,000 needed for Town Christmas lights

Guernsey Press

Without guarantees of sponsorship to support the St Peter Port Christmas Lights charity, the constables and douzaine will need to consider whether it should close and responsibility be handed over.

Tide warning tonight

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

We saw that picture of last night's high tide earlier (08:46), but tonight's is going to be 20cm higher!

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Holders St Paul's out of Le Riche Cup

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Le Riche Cup holders St Paul's were knocked out of the tournament after losing 1-0 to Rozel Rovers.

Tom Murray's goal inflicted the first defeat in the event since 2013 on St Paul's, who had won the cup every year since 2010 apart from 2013.

St Paul's celebrate their Le Riche Cup win
Simon Lester

The only Guernsey Priaulx League side in the last 16, Belgrave Wanderers, lost 2-0 at Jersey Championship side St Brelade.

Le Riche Cup last 16 results:

First Tower Utd 2-11 Jersey 

Grouville 0-5 St. Peter 

Sporting Academics 0-1 Jersey Portuguese 

St. Brelade 2-0 Belgrave Wanderers 

St. Clement 4-1 St. John 

St. Ouen 0-2 Jersey Scottish 

St. Paul's 0-1 Rozel Rovers 

Trinity 5-2 St. Lawrence 

Motorcyclist taken to hospital

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A motorcyclist involved in a crash along the St Peter Port seafront has been taken to hospital. 

It's not yet known how serious the injuries are.

Car crash.

The road has now been reopened in both directions.

Car crash.