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By Jonathan Morris

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  1. Thanks for joining us at BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    That's all from BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands for today, we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss BBC Channel Islands News at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

  2. Well, do the Honorary Police still have a important presence in Jersey?

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    We've been getting some early responses to our question on Facebook Do the Honorary Police still have a important presence in Jersey? 


    Susan De La Mare said: "They are part of our culture, things like this are what makes Jersey special."

    Dennis Galvin: "Of course we need the honories. They do a most admirable and useful job and are to be admired and rewarded in any way we can."

    Valerie Le Blancq said: "Why change something that works?"

  3. Minister faces questions on controversial new site for hospital

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's Health Minister will be questioned in public over plans to build the new hospital where the current one is.


    A report last week suggested he hadn't chosen the right site and it would cause too much disruption. 

    Health Scrutiny will be questioning the Minister, Senator Andrew Green, at the St Paul's Centre next Wednesday evening.  

  4. Hundreds of people watch future plan for Guernsey on YouTube video

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's future plan has been put online - in a YouTube video.

    View more on youtube

    The animation of the policy and resource plan has had more than 1,000 views since it was launched on the States website last week.

    A spokesman said: "The purpose of this animation is to try and ensure that the message of what the plan is and why we need it is explained to as many islanders as possible."

  5. Poor students at risk of failing says deputy in swipe at loans delay

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Poor students could fail to reach their potential thanks to lack of progress by the Jersey States on finding a solution.


    That's the view of Deputy Jeremy Maçon who is leading a review into sorting out the problem.

    He said: "There continues to be serious concerns surrounding the prospect of not being able to fulfil student’s ambitions due to financial constraints."

    He said the Education and Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel "remain concerned about the long term sustainability of ensuring students are able to reach their potential in their chosen field, no matter the financial status of the parents".

  6. Indecent assault trial: Man cleared of all charges

    BBC Radio Jersey

    An 85 year-old man accused of seven counts of indecent assault against a child and one of procuring an act of gross indecency has been cleared of all charges at Jersey's Royal Court after a trial lasting more than a week.

    Bryan John Le Brocq denied all the charges, which related to alleged acts 20 years ago.

  7. Headlines for the Channel Islands

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    • Jersey rugby fans shouldn't see any difference to the island's rugby club, despite most of its assets being sold off says chairman Mark Morgan.
    • An 85 year-old man accused of seven counts of indecent assault against a child has been cleared of all charges.
    • Poor Jersey students risk losing out thanks a delay in solving a grants impasse says a deputy.
    • Guernsey Senator Sir Philip Bailache has described Donald Trump's win as a "political earthquake".
    • Six names have been received for a contested election in Alderney later this month.
    • Guernsey's future plan gets more than 1,090 viewers on YouTube.
  8. New school plan in three-day inquiry

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A three-day public inquiry will be held into the site planned for the new Les Quennevais School in Jersey.


    The inquiry, which will start on 24 January, is being held because the site for the £40m project is on protected green zone land. 

    Two thirds of islanders who took part in a consultation supported building the new school there, on fields just south of the airport. 

    But the planning minister says because that would be a departure from the island plan, it's in the public interest for an outside inspector to go through the details publicly.  

  9. Guernsey residents buy most scratchcards

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Residents of Guernsey buy more scratchcards than those in Jersey, a report into the Channel Island Lottery has shown.

    Christmas Draw

    In 2015 £7,726,400 was spent on scratchcards in Guernsey, compared to £4,518,350 in Jersey.

    However there is a consistent pattern of Jersey outselling Guernsey for the charity Christmas Draw.

  10. Ban in sight for spooky contact lenses

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Cosmetic contact lenses, which were the subject of a public health warning at Halloween, are to be banned from being sold in Jersey.


    The lenses are often sold in fancy dress shops but health professionals say they can cause eye ulcers and infections. 

    The ban is part of a range of new rules, which also make it clear that people who have their eyes tested in the island are under no obligation to buy glasses from the optician who does the test.  

  11. Six names so far for Alderney elections

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Six people have put their names forward so far in the upcoming Alderney States elections.

    Fort Clonque

    The names of anyone who wants to stand must be submitted to the chief executive at the States Offices before 16:00 next Tuesday.

    The election takes place on 26 November.  

  12. Man drowned after drinking with friends

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The man whose body was found in Beaucette Marina last month had been drinking with friends on the night of his death.

    William Mackay, 59, had been living on his boat "Nordic Bell" since January, but was found in the water by another berth holder on the morning of Tuesday 25 October.

    Beaucette Marina

    Mr Mackay had been celebrating a friend's birthday on another boat in the marina, and left after 02:00.

    During the post-mortem examination he was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 316mg, just under four times the legal driving limit. 

    An inquest found the death to be accidental, with the cause stated as drowning while under the influence of alcohol.

  13. Guernsey County backs Trump

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey County, in the state of Ohio, backed Donald Trump.

    A total of 52% of people voted for Trump in Ohio, with 69.1% of people in Guernsey County voting for the billionaire businessman.


    Ohio is a competitive state with 18 electoral votes. Barack Obama won Ohio in 2012 by three percentage points.

    Several families from Guernsey moved to the area in the early 1800s, which is how the county got its name.

  14. BreakingBeaucette Marina death ruled accidental

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    An inquest has found the death of a man whose body was found in Guernsey last month was "accidental".

    William Mackay, 59, was found by a berth holder in Beaucette Marina on Tuesday 25 October at about 05:50.

    The cause of death was confirmed as drowning while under the influence of alcohol.

    Mr Mackay's body has been released to his family.

  15. Channel Islands will always have a 'special place' for Flybe

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Flybe's Executive Chairman Simon Laffin said the Channel Islands will always have a "special place" for the company.

    "It's where Flybe started and it's a big part of our heritage.


    "As we get our operation better and better, I think we will be able to give a better service. 

    "I don't think people in the Channel Islands should be worried. We still have a big part of our business supporting the Channel Islands and I want that to continue."

  16. Gough steps down as Jersey captain

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Jersey captain Peter Gough has stepped down from the role after more than six years at the helm of the side.

    The 31-year-old led Jersey to promotion into World Cricket League Division Four this year, but the side were relegated after finishing fifth in the tournament in Los Angeles this month.

    Peter Gough

    The Jersey Cricket Board is hopeful he will continue to play for the side.

    "He's announced to the team that he's done his piece and he's looking to step down," JCB chairman Ward Jenner told BBC Sport.

    "He's earned legendary status," he added.

  17. Islands 'amply meet' criteria set out by EU finance ministers

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey and Jersey are likely to be included in about 80 jurisdictions to have their tax regimes screened in a move to create an EU tax black list.

    EU finance minsters met yesterday to agree the criteria to be used to decide which jurisdictions will be invited for further talks.

    Quote Message: The criteria refer to international tax transparency standards, to the EU Code of Conduct, and to a commitment to BEPS: Guernsey and Jersey amply meet all these criteria." from Deputy Lyndon Trott Vice President of Guernsey's Policy & Resources Committee
    Deputy Lyndon TrottVice President of Guernsey's Policy & Resources Committee
  18. Verdict due in child sex assaults case

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A verdict is expected this afternoon at the Royal Court in the case of an 85-year-old man accused of seven counts of indecent assault against a child and one of procuring an act of gross indecency.

    Royal Court

    Bryan Le Brocq is accused of abusing the alleged victim when he was a boy until adulthood and denies all the charges. 

    Crown advocate David Steenson summed up saying the alleged victim said shame had invaded every part of his life since. 

    Advocate Heidi Heath, defending, said there had been no other complaints against the defendant, despite him having contact with other boys.

    The jury of eight women and four men are considering their verdicts.