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Summary

  1. Justice minister will 'stand up for the islands' over Brexit
  2. GcMAF offices raided in connection with suspected money laundering
  3. One-thousand tumble dryers yet to be repaired in Guernsey
  4. £1 coins to be withdrawn in islands
  5. Water quality remains the same, despite work to reduce pesticides, tests show
  6. Bus company to hire collapsible bikes
  7. Guernsey footballer's England debut match cancelled
  8. Updates on Thursday 23 February 2017

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  1. Local Live in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    That's your lot for today, but Local Live will be back from 08:00 tomorrow for the final edition of the week.

    As always, we'll have all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the Channel Islands.

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

  2. Computer equipment stolen in dental practice robbery

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey Police are appealing for witnesses after computer equipment was taken from a dental practice in St Sampson last night.

    Computer equipment and several iPads were taken during the break in, which took place at the Halfway Dental Practice on Vale Road.

    The premises were entered at some point between 18:00 last night and 07:00 this morning.

    Anyone who was in the area, and may have seen anything suspicious is asked to get in contact with the police on 725111 or anonymously via Crimestoppers.

  3. If you want to know what Britain will look like after it takes back control, just look to Guernsey’s decline

    Independent

    Independent

    The favoured answer when free movement from the EU ends appears to be tightly controlled schemes which limit foreign workers to short periods in the UK. But any minister who wants to see the wider economic impact of such policies need look no further than Jersey and Guernsey.

  4. Same-sex marriage on Alderney's agenda

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    The introduction of same-sex marriage will be debated by the States of Alderney next month.

    Guernsey's marriage law - which could come into force in May - has no jurisdiction in Alderney and Sark.

    Alderney's politicians will discuss the issue at their meeting on 15 March.

    Quote Message: I'll think you'll find most of us are in favour, we accept the world is changing, we acknowledge there are people who love each other of the same sex and therefore they should be allowed to have a partnership." from Graham McKinley Alderney States member
    Graham McKinleyAlderney States member
  5. Loans worth £2.5m approved for higher education in Jersey

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The States of Jersey has approved £2.5m worth of loans to support students in higher education.

    Ten years ago politicians agreed to guarantee up to £10m of bank loans for the scheme.

    Alan Maclean

    The details are revealed by the treasury minister who reports to the States twice a year about budgets and financial controls.

    In the first six months of last year Senator Alan Maclean approved seven loans with a total value of £10,500.

  6. Guernsey Squash Open to be held this weekend

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Squash players in Guernsey will be playing for a spot in the European Championships this weekend at the Guernsey Squash Open.

    The tournament, open to the Senior category will be held at the Beau Sejour Leisure Centre and spectators are welcome:

    • Friday 18:20-20:20
    • Saturday 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00
    • Sunday 11:00-13:00
  7. Weather in the Channel Islands

    BBC Weather

    Jersey: 

    BBC Weather

    Guernsey:

    BBC Weather for the Channel Islands
  8. Workers 'blow torch' sparked roof fire in St Helier

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The fire reported earlier today on the Parade in St Helier started after workers set fire to timbers with a "blow torch", Jersey Fire and Rescue said.

    At about 12:45 fire alarms were triggered at the Parade.

    Two fire engines attended the scene, and crews closed the road before to cutting away the affected timbers to extinguishing the blaze.

    Fire crew on the Parade
  9. Collings Road clear after crash

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Collings Road is now clear after a two-vehicle collision earlier. No injuries are reported.

  10. Environment minister tells organic growers to 'do more to help themselves'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The difficulties organic farmers in Jersey have experienced are because they haven't organised themselves, according to the environment minister.

    Deputy Steve Luce has been responding to concerns raised by a Jersey farmer who said he tried hard for a long time to run his dairy farm along organic lines - but the States didn't offer enough help.

    Now policies have changed, and farmers have been encouraged to work in an environmentally friendly way - or they won't get any subsidies.

    The Environment Minister, Deputy Steve Luce, says the organic sector should have done more.

    Quote Message: Government have put a lot of money in, and last year we put in more than ever before, and that's with less and less organic virgees. Organic farmers are getting government support, they've got to look to their businesses. We asked them last year as part of the agreement of taking the money, 'Please go to Jersey business, and let them have a quick look and see if they can help you make more money from growing organic produce', and not one of the growers took that offer, and that's really disappointing. We're trying our best to help them help themselves." from Deputy Steve Luce Minister for the Environment
    Deputy Steve Luce Minister for the Environment
  11. New move to get the States to pay rates

    Jersey Evening Post

    A fresh proposal to get the States to pay rates on their buildings has been lodged.

  12. Travel: Flight delays continue in Jersey and Guernsey

    BBC Travel

    Jersey:

    • 15:05 Arrival from Southampton has been cancelled
    • 15:30 Departure for Southampton has been cancelled
    • 16:20 Arrival from London Gatwick has been delayed until 16:30
    • 16:25 Arrival from Southampton has been cancelled
    • 16:30 Arrival from Exeter has been delayed until 17:30
    • 17:10 Departure for Southampton has been cancelled

    Guernsey:

    • 16:35 Arrival from Stansted has been cancelled
    • 17:15 Arrival from Exeter delayed until 18:15
  13. Collision in Collings Road

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Two vehicles have collided in Collings Road, St Peter Port, Guernsey's emergency services report.

    They're asking motorists to avoid the area if possible.

  14. Plans for new school rejected due to layout, parking and safety

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's planning minister has refused planning proposals for a new Les Quennevais school on fields in St Brelade.

    Deputy Steve Luce believes the scheme goes against guidelines for the use of land in Jersey.

    A recent inquiry argued there was a need for a new school and that alternative sites had been suitably looked into.

    But the inspector had concerns over the site layout, parking and traffic safety.

    The minister supports plans for a school on protected land in the Green Zone, but said the school will have a significant effect on the neighbourhood and he wants to make the right decision.

  15. Small car spaces to be introduced at Salerie Corner

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A section of parking at Salerie Corner will soon be reserved for small cars.

    The move follows a similar scheme on North Beach last year.

    There will be a maximum of 17 spaces around the edge of Salerie car park, where cars that meet the size requirements will be able to park for 10 hours.

    To park in a small car space, your vehicle must be:

    • No more than 3.7m in length
    • No more than 2.1m in width
    Salerie Corner car park

    The spaces will be painted over the course of three days, starting tomorrow at 07:00.

  16. Jersey to withdraw £1 coin

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    
          Former Chancellor George Osborne holding the new coin in 2014
    Image caption: Former Chancellor George Osborne holding the new twelve-sided coin in 2014

    The States of Jersey will be withdrawing their £1 coin from circulation to coincide with the UK's timetable for introducing the new twelve-sided coin.

    The new UK coin will be coming into circulation on 28 March 2017. 

    After the 15 October 2017 the older £1 coin will no longer be legal tender.

    Any islanders in possession of the old Jersey £1 coins have until this date to bank or exchange them. The decision will not affect the Jersey £1 note, which will continue to be legal tender.

    Currently the States have no plans to replace the Jersey £1 coin.

  17. Jersey an 'ideal place' to build bike partnership

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A UK bike hire firm says Jersey is an ideal place to build a partnership with the bus company.

    Brompton Bike Hire has signed a deal with Liberty Bus to allow folding hire bikes on its vehicles.

    Brompton bikes

    It will mean you can hire a bike for 24 hours at a time and carry it with you across the island on the bus.

    Sales manager Michael Foster says similar schemes have been very successful across England - and he's looking forward to operating in the island.