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Summary

  1. Prison worker jailed for distributing indecent images of children
  2. Aurigny flight returns to Guernsey after an 'aerodynamic upset'
  3. Tomorrow's Condor Liberation service has been cancelled due to "adverse weather"
  4. Christmas presents sent to freed Mr Bronx
  5. The official Guernsey Island Games 2021 logo 'will be released in January'
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Chris Quevatre

All times stated are UK

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  1. Local Live in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    That's it for Local Live in the Channel Islands today, but we will back from 08:00 tomorrow morning with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

    Don't forget to tune in to BBC One at 18:30 for all the latest headlines with BBC Channel Islands News.

  2. Guernsey population 'could swell by 2,000' over Christmas

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey airport's general manager is expecting the island's population to swell by nearly 2,000 as islanders travel home for Christmas. 

    Tomorrow is expected to be the busiest day in the run-up to Christmas at the island's airport, as more than 10,000 passengers fly to and from the island in the four days leading up to Christmas.

    Guernsey's arrivals door

    Colin Le Ray says air travel should be relatively unaffected by Storm Barbara, expected to cause travel disruption in the UK.

    And he's also welcomed the news that baggage handlers for Swissport have called off a strike scheduled for tomorrow and Christmas Eve.

  3. Deputy behind referendum defends referendum approach

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The deputy leading the work on a referendum on island wide voting is defending his committee's approach in the face of criticism. 

    The States Assembly and Constitution Committee has come under fire from Deputy Mary Lowe and former deputy Tony Webber who says Guernsey needs to have legislation to referendums in general, not just a one-off on island wide voting.

    Deputy Matt Fallaize has said previously that there could be as many as five options in a referendum on island wide voting, while some other deputies would like a simple "yes or no" vote.

    Quote Message: I think they're both a bit confused on this issue. Tony is talking mainly about a legal mechanism for all referendums, which he got through the States many years before I was involved. I don't know whether Policy & Resources is working on that, but that's a separate issue from this distinct referendum on island wide voting which our committee is pursuing. from Deputy Matt Fallaize States Assembly and Constitution Committee
    Deputy Matt FallaizeStates Assembly and Constitution Committee
  4. Jersey 'needs to look at dog register' to avoid Mr Bronx repeat

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A Jersey deputy says registering all dogs that come into the island is the best way to ensure that any repeat of the Mr Bronx situation is avoided.

    Deputy Montfort Tadier praised the decision to release Mr Bronx - who was confiscated at the start of the year - back to his family, but said there are still questions to ask.

    Quote Message: Part of the problem with the law is that it specifies that certain dog types can't be imported without a license. I think part of the problem here is that it wasn't established that Mr Bronx was a pitbull-type dog. I think that we need to look at registering dogs when they come over, especially when there any doubts over what types of breed they are, then we can avoid this kind of situation happening in the future." from Deputy Montfort Tadier States of Jersey
    Deputy Montfort TadierStates of Jersey
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  5. Tree collection scheme expecting record numbers

    BBC Radio Jersey

    More than 630 islanders in Jersey have signed up to the charity Christmas tree collection scheme.

    More than 3,000 people registered for the Christmas Tree Collection and Recycling Scheme, and the organisers are expecting to have even more this year.

    The project raised £30,000 last year.

  6. Liberation 'fit for purpose' despite cancellation

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The boss of Condor Ferries believes the Liberation is fit for purpose despite tomorrow's sailing being cancelled.

    Storm Barbara is expected to affect the English Channel throughout tomorrow and over Christmas, and the ferry company says the predicted wave heights are above its legal operating limits.

    Paul Luxon says both he and his crew consider the fast ferry to be seaworthy in poor weather...

    Quote Message: I speak to the masters and captains of the ship. They've all absolutely assured me that they're far more comfortable sailing the Liberation in high sea conditions than the ships we had before. And that's a fact." from Paul Luxon CEO, Condor Ferries
    Paul LuxonCEO, Condor Ferries
  7. New Guernsey 2021 logo...

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey is hosting the Island Games in 2021, and they've announced that they will be releasing the logo early next year.

    It's just dawned on me that they could just rearrange one that already exists...  

  8. Surfers warning against taking to the water without experience

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A member of the Jersey Surfboard Club is advising inexperienced surfers to stay out of the sea over the coming days.

    High winds and strong tides are expected as Storm Barbara sweeps through the English Channel tomorrow and over the weekend.

    Dave Ferguson, who's also the President of the Channel Islands Surfing Federation, helped rescue two young surfers this lunchtime at St Ouen, in what he described as "dangerous conditions".

    St Ouen's bay
  9. Mr Bronx: What conditions were imposed on his release?

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Mr Bronx has returned to his owners after nearly a year being kept at Jersey's animal shelter, but there were certain conditions imposed:

    • He must be neutered (this has already taken place)
    • He must be muzzled at all times when in public
    • He must not be left unsupervised with anyone under the age of 16
    • He must be kept on a lead of no longer than two metres when in public

    These conditions have been described by the States of Jersey as a "legal agreement designed to ensure that the animal is kept properly under control by its owners".

  10. 'Disrespectful' to say public can't handle referendum options

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The President of the committee responsible for the island wide voting referendum says it is "disrespectful" to suggest the people of Guernsey couldn't handle a voting slip with multiple options.

    Critics - such as Tony Webber and Deputy Mary Lowe - say that the vote should be a simple "yes or no" question as to whether islanders want island wide voting, while Deputy Matt Fallaize wants to save time by giving the public various electoral options to choose from. 

    Quote Message: I think the public of Guernsey are capable of weighing up the merits of four or five quite distinct, different voting systems and deciding which one they prefer. I think it is disrespectful to the voting public to suggest they can't do it." from Deputy Matt Fallaize President of States Assembly and Constitution Committee
    Deputy Matt FallaizePresident of States Assembly and Constitution Committee
  11. Police inquiry desk cutting opening hours

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey Police are to open their staffed inquiry desk for fewer hours to cope with cuts to their budget.

    It'll now be open daily between 08:00 and 20:00 compared to the current opening hours of 07:00 until 22:00

    You can still contact the police 24 hours a day using the 612612 number or from a phone outside its headquarters.

  12. Time for a swim...

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    At this time of year, the average sea temperature is 11.2 degrees.

    But it's currently at a whopping 11.5.

    It's like a hot tub out there!

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    Waves at Port Soif
  13. Prison worker 'doesn't know' why he carried out indecent crime

    Jen Smith

    BBC Channel Islands

    A prison worker who has been jailed for 18 months for distributing indecent images of children says he doesn't know why he did it.

    Simon Edward Gascoyne - a 28 year-old IT support worker at La Moye - pleaded guilty after Jersey Police found post-it notes with evidence of online user names at his office.

    His Advocate Pierre Landick said Gascoyne recognised his behaviour had been repugnant and abhorrent and asked for a sentence of community service - the court heard he was fearful of prison having worked there.

    The judge, William Bailhache, said the community would expect a jail term, although he recognised the defendant needed help.

    Gascoyne will return to the prison he worked at, but on the other side of the bars.

  14. Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey

    • A 28-year-old IT officer at Jersey's La Moye Prison has been jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to distributing indecent images of children
    • A Jersey deputy is concerned that dogs of mixed breed could be taken from their owners unless they're registered when they come into the island
    • A member of the Jersey Surfboard Club is advising inexperienced surfers to stay out of the sea over the coming days

    Guernsey

    • The boss of Condor Ferries believes the Liberation is fit for purpose despite tomorrow's sailing being cancelled
    • Guernsey should be introducing proper legislation to hold referendums in the future, rather than seeking to hold a one-off vote on island wide voting, according to one former deputy
    • Tomorrow is expected to be one of the busiest days of the year for Guernsey Airport
  15. Latest weather in the Channel Islands

    BBC Weather

    Let's take a look at the weather this evening - don't forget it's late night shopping in St Peter Port tonight!

    Here's the forecast for Guernsey...

    Weather chart

    And this is the outlook in Jersey...

    Weather chart
  16. Liberation cancelled tomorrow due to high waves

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Tomorrow's sailing of the Condor Liberation has been cancelled due to high waves.

    Storm Barbara is expected to affect the English Channel throughout tomorrow and over Christmas, and the ferry company says the predicted wave heights are above its legal operating limits.

    Condor Liberation

    The company has increased capacity onboard the Clipper to get passengers where they need to be for Christmas and will hold the Goodwill in Jersey to make sure all freight is shipped.

    Services between St Malo and Jersey are expected to run as normal.