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  1. Body on Jersey beach 'believed to be missing man'
  2. Garage fire damages homes
  3. Islands' Brexit representative is revealed
  4. Safety advice for Jersey's high-rise residents
  5. Tax proposals split Guernsey politicians
  6. Guernsey States will not be forced to accept the findings of the island's first ever referendum
  7. Further population growth for Jersey
  8. Updates on Friday 23 June 2017

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Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back on Sunday with coverage of the first day of competition at the Island Games in Gotland.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30.

There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Aurigny Dornier solution: 'I'll believe it when he sees it'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Following Aurigny's statement saying it will have three Dorniers operating from Monday morning a senior Alderney politician has reacted with pessimism.

James Dent, Chairman of Alderney's Policy and Finance Committee, said: "I'd love to believe it would happen, but the history has really been one of reassurances that have come to nought so I will now believe it when I see it."

Rescue dig at Longis after workmen uncovered skull is now complete

Most able should pay fair share - Deputy

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey politician has come under fire for suggesting the States considers ways of lessening the tax burden on the "in-work" population through other measures.

Deputy Emilie Yerby has suggested alternative taxes on land, property, capital assets and a banded system of income tax, rising to 25% for top earners.

Policy and Resources Vice President Lyndon Trott described the proposals as "reckless" citing the unease it would cause the finance sector, which is attracted by low levels of taxation.

Deputy Yerby has lodged and is supporting a number of amendments to the Policy and Resources Plan, due to be debated next week.

Emilie Yerby
Emilie Yerby

I'm after making sure that everyone pays a fair share, that those who can afford it contribute.

Deputy Emilie Yerby

Gotland Games seven to watch: Hannah Lesbirel

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Lesbirel recently became the first Guernsey women to record a 200m time under 25 seconds.

She smashed a 23-year-old island record to clock 24.95 seconds at Footes Lane, well outside the existing Island Games record but fast enough to have won gold in two of the past four Games.

Lesbirel's nearest rival could be team-mate Indi Gallagher, who was within two tenths of her time at Guernsey's pre-Games trials.

Alderney service unacceptable admits airline

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

We recognise that the current performance on our Alderney services is unacceptable and we are very confident that the steps we are taking to resolve these difficulties will improve resilience for the rest of the summer and ensure a good level of service is delivered going forward.

Aurigny statement

The disruption will continue tomorrow with two flights rescheduled and two flights cancelled.

The airline said customers are being contacted with alternatives and it was working on a plan for Sunday before contacting those due to travel.

Noirmont bunkers reopening this weekend

Sarah Bailey

BBC Radio Jersey

The concrete command bunker, on the headland at Norimont, was a coastal artillery battery for the occupying forces and made up part of Hitler's Atlantic Wall.

When the bunker was reopened 40 years ago, visitors had to climb through a hatch and down a ladder to access the lowers level.

Now, they access it through a door that's been cut into the side of the structure, and the original hatch has been sealed, but can still be seen from the car-park above the new door.

Islanders on a tour inside a Noirmont bunker
Jersey Evening Post

On Sunday there will be tours of the site and visitors can try carrot tea and parsnip coffee, both of which were drunk during the occupation.

8 jellyfish you might see in Jersey waters

Jersey Evening Post

Some are harmless, some are dangerous. Some are pretty, some have an appearance only a mother could love.

Garage fire in the Vale damages homes

James Rabey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Firefighters are damping down after putting out a fire in a garage in the Vale.

Duty officer Tim Falla, from Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service, said the blaze caused some damage to the connected house and a neighbouring home.

Firefighters are looking for hotspots and will investigate the cause.


Mild night on the way

BBC Weather

A mainly cloudy and mild night with patchy rain and drizzle sinking south.

On Saturday, it will be largely cloudy through the morning, with patchy rain.


Jersey Friday evening forecast


Guernsey Friday evening forecast

Gotland Games seven to watch: Ross Allen

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Ross Allen
Fran Torode

Allen returned from travelling in March and forced his way back into the Guernsey FC squad for the latter part of the season, as they avoided relegation from Isthmian League Division One South.

The prolific striker netted in the Muratti final victory over Jersey in May, and is likely to be Guernsey's main man up front as they try to retain their football title.

Allen scored one of the goals as they beat the Isle of Man 3-0 in the 2015 final in Jersey.

Dornier technical issues 'unprecedented'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

We have experienced an unprecedented series of technical issues on our Dornier aircraft at the same time as going through a period of crew shortages.

Aurigny statement
Aurigny Dornier 228
Jonathan Le Ray

The statement says the two Dorniers with "ongoing technical faults are both awaiting the arrival of spare parts" and the first should return to service on Monday.

The airline says getting charter planes to operate in Alderney is limited due to the length of the runway.

A Dornier operated by another airline will be supplied by manufacturer RUAG on Monday and until another plane is delivered.

Aurigny says this means it will have three in service from Monday and four across the summer.

David Lidington: Who is he?

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

David Lidington

The recently-appointed Secretary of State for Justice will now have the role of managing the Crown Dependencies constitutional relationship with the UK, including representing the Channel Islands' interests in Brexit negotiations.

But who is he?

  • Elected as a Conservative MP for Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire in 1992
  • Served as Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 2010 and 2016
  • Outside of politics, he worked for BP and Rio Tinto
  • His role as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice includes "EU exit and international business"
  • Europe minister throughout the UK’s EU renegotiation in 2016

He also had a lively evening on Question Time yesterday, when he was the subject of heckles from an audience member who was eventually booted out by host David Dimbleby.

Question Time host Dimbleby boots out audience member

All three Dorniers unable to operate

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Aurigny has apologised to customers after all of its Dornier 228 planes were out of action today.

In a statement the airline said: "Of the three Dornier aircraft in our fleet there are currently two unserviceable and for a short period today the third one was also unserviceable."

Customers have been offered alternative transport on boats between Guernsey and Alderney and customers between Alderney and Southampton have been rerouted via Guernsey and Gatwick.

Noirmont bunkers to open for anniversary

Sarah Bailey

BBC Radio Jersey

Members of the Channel Islands Occupation Society are opening all of the bunkers at Noirmont on Sunday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their re-opening following the German occupation.

On the 25 June 1977 the then Senator John Averty re-opened the Noirmont Command Bunker - more than three decades after it had been shut.

It was the first bunker to be re-opened by the Channel Islands Occupation Society, a group that's dedicated to preserving the islands wartime history.

Tourists and bus by bunker entrance

Fire in the Vale

Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service is currently dealing with a fire in Houmet Lane, the Vale.

The public has been asked to avoid the area.

Gotland Games seven to watch: Dan Halksworth

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Halksworth will be defending his triathlon title, but will also represent Jersey in cycling.

It is the fourth sport in which the 31-year-old Jerseyman has competed at Island Games level, after previously winning eight golds as a swimmer and entering the 10,000m in athletics in 2015.

The triathlon in Visby is on the opening day of competition, clearing the way for Halksworth to cycle in the road race, the time trial and the criterium later in the week.

Jellyfish warning after stings

BBC Radio Jersey

Swimmers around Jersey's coastline are being warned about jellyfish after a number of people were stung around Bouley Bay.

Stings can be painful but aren't likely to have serious consequences.

People who have been stung are advised to slowly pour cold seawater over the sting or apply ice wrapped in a cloth.

You're also being told to avoid using urine or vinegar.

Jellyfish in Jersey waters
Jersey Department of the Environment

Lifeboatman appeals to web supporters to report the facts

Jersey Evening Post

Social media groups set up to support the dismissed St Helier lifeboat coxswain should ensure they only report facts and not hearsay, a member of the lifeboat crew has said.

A&E launches crutch amnesty

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's accident and emergency department wants some of its equipment back.

It's running a crutches amnesty and is urging anyone with hospital crutches to bring them into the A&E reception.

They've said there'll be no questions asked.


Parliament and judiciary: A shared history

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

William Millow

The States Assembly grew out of the Royal Court, shared membership in those days. The Bailiff was president of both and still is, the jurats were members of both at the time, the States used courtrooms until a time when it had its own chamber built for it.

William MillowAssistant Greffier to the States

Gotland Games seven to watch: Flora Keites

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Flora Keites

Teenage golfer Keites ended Jersey's 46-year wait for a winner of the Hampshire Junior Girls Championship title in 2016.

The Royal Jersey player was also winner of the Island Ladies Strokeplay championship, taking the 36-hole event by two strokes.

Keites was runner-up at the last Island Games, when she was also part of the women's squad that won the overall team event.

"The ladies golf team are bidding for team gold again. It's definitely doable and on a personal level I'm looking for individual gold," the 17-year-old told BBC Radio Jersey.

"One of the courses, Visby, is ranked top five in the whole of Sweden and I've heard it has a lot of similarities to Royal Jersey where I play, so that will stand me in good stead hopefully."

Tax proposals reckless says senior deputy

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Policy and Resources Vice President and architect of the island's zero-10 tax policy, Deputy Lyndon Trott, has labelled plans to change the island's tax system as "absolutely reckless".

Deputies clashed ahead of next week's debate on a financial plan which aims to give the States a £40m surplus by 2019.

The island's senior committee has suggested a combination of a further £26m worth of savings from an already squeezed public sector, and £14m from "targeted tax measures".

But Deputy Emilie Yerby has suggested looking at the "merits and disadvantages" of a number of different taxes on land, property, capital assets, a banded system of income tax, including a top band, luxury goods and environmental taxes.

Another amendment suggests broadening the tax base by focussing on those "with the most reasonable ability to contribute".

Lyndon Trott

There is no evidence to suggest that we need to raise an extra £10m a year from our community, and tax every one of our tax payers an additional £750 per annum.

Deputy Lyndon TrottVice President, Policy and Resources Committee

Watch: Celebrating 130 years of the States chamber

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Jersey's parliament is marking the 130th anniversary of getting its own debating chamber.

Before the chamber opened it shared a room with the Royal Court. It moved into the current room on 21 June 1887.

Jersey politicians mark 130 years of debating in their own dedicated chamber.

Jersey kit vans arrive in Gotland

Gotland Games seven to watch: Stuart Parker

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Parker is a member of Jersey's eight-strong tennis squad, and the number two seed will be hopeful of making the podium for the second Games in a row.

With Jersey's top-ranked professional Scott Clayton missing Gotland to concentrate on the UK grass-court season and Wimbledon qualification, and James Connelly also unavailable, Parker is likely to be their top performer.

The 19-year-old trains full-time in France, where he has represented St Malo for the past few years, and his title chances are also boosted by the news that reigning champion Billy Harris, of the Isle of Man, is not competing.

"For us as a team I think we'll be looking to get close to what we did two years ago. I think we got nine medals, so we're looking to try and equal that," Parker said.

"I quite enjoy pressure - I feel the pressure more when I'm not playing. When I step on to court I feel a lot better, a lot more relaxed."

Stuart Parker serving in tennis
Jersey 2015

Gotland competitors arrive

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The first of several flights carrying the Channel Islands' top sportsmen and women to the Swedish island of Gotland have arrived.

There are six direct chartered flights ahead of this weekend's Island Games opening ceremony.

Jersey topped the medals table on home soil at the last Games two years ago.

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Move to dedicated States chamber 'not an easy decision'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Until 130 years ago the States of Jersey debated legislation in the same room used by the Royal Court. That changed on 21 June 1887 when the States moved into their own dedicated chamber.

it wasn't an easy transition though. The idea of a dedicated chamber was first raised in the 1870s and it took politicians a decade to decide where it would be and how it would function.

Assistant Greffier to the States, William Millow says using court rooms was logical as much of the membership of the States Assembly was the same as the Royal Court. Jurats were members of both and the Bailiff presided over both.

States Chamber
States of Jersey

Whilst plans were developed and there were discussions about where the room would go, it was 10 years later before the chamber was opened and used for the first time.

William MillowAssistant Greffier to the States

Gotland Games seven to watch: Megan Wood

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey's women's footballers made history at the last Island Games by winning gold for the first time, but have had their preparations disrupted this time by the resignation of manager Simon Petulla and his popular coaching team.

While a lot of the squad remain, 16-year-old left winger Wood is an exciting addition and could help fire the side to the latter stages of the tournament again, despite what is likely to be a strong showing from the Scandinavian islands.

Wood only became old enough to play senior football during last season, and impressed the selectors with her early performances for club side St Paul's.

Without Cat Andrade, she may need to provide the magic spark if Jersey are to be successful.

Megan Wood celebrates with Jersey team mates

Minister 'amused' by claims she is eyeing top job

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey's home affairs minister has said she is "amused" by claims that she has a "plan" to become the island’s first female chief minister.

Gotland Games seven to watch: Miles Munro

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Munro won three golds, two silvers and a bronze at the 2015 Games and narrowly missed out on a spot representing Great Britain at the Rio Olympics.

The 20-year-old Youth Olympic relay champion will be among the big medal hopes for Guernsey in the pool alongside Tom Hollingsworth, who won 10 medals in Jersey last time.

Munro is listed to race in five relay events and three solo events, including the 50m freestyle.

Miles Munro

Delays at Guernsey Airport

There are a number of delays at Guernsey Airport today.

Earlier, one of the charter flights carrying athletes to the Island Games in Gotland was also delayed by 90 minutes.

The following flights are currently delayed or have been cancelled:

  • 10:05 - Flybe BE501, EK4069 from Jersey, Birmingham - delayed
  • 11:15 - Aurigny GR230 to Alderney - delayed, next info 13:00
  • 11:35 - Aurigny GR217 from Alderney - delayed
  • 14:45 - Aurigny GR125 from Dinard - cancelled along with a later outbound

For an up-to-date look at arrivals and departures visit the Guernsey Airport website.

Guernsey referendum: What's on the ballot

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Despite challenges from some deputies, the original plan to give islanders five options on a future voting system was agreed yesterday.

Under the alternative vote system, those in the ballot box in 2018 will be asked to rank their preferences - ranging from a full blown island-wide system of electing all politicians in one go, to keeping the current district-based system.

Voting referendum options

E-census trial next year

BBC Radio Jersey

An e-census is being developed in Jersey to better track trends in the island's population.

It is hoped to be trialled next year.

Sarah Davis, from the Statistics Unit, said it will allow information on who is coming in and out of the island to be broken down by gender, age, nationality and other categories - giving a truer picture of Jersey's growing and changing population.

Net immigration to Jersey increased by about 1,500 in 2015, the highest rise in more than a decade.

Guernsey introduced an e-census in 2015, which enables government to collect information on the population automatically.

Islander dies in Majorca

Jersey Evening Post

The man, who is aged in his late 20s or early 30s and previously attended Haute Vallée and Highlands College, is understood to have been staying in the resort of Magaluf.

Exhibition marks 130 years of the States chamber

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

An exhibition marking the creation of the States chamber 130 years ago has opened in Royal Court building. It opened on 21 June 1887.

It explores the difficult birth of the chamber that opened a decade after it was first proposed. It came out of an extension to the Royal Court building that left a large space free for politicians to debate legislation.


That space was empty for 10 years while States members decided on the way it should look, what should be in it and whether it should actually be there at all.

The exhibition will be in the Royal Court building for a short time before going on a tour of parish halls in the island. The Greffe are also running tours of the States chamber tomorrow and next Saturday.

States Chamber
States of Jersey

Referendum 'may still be binding'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The architect of Guernsey's island-wide voting referendum has said it might still be possible to make the result of next year's vote binding.

The States Assembly and Constitution Committee had wanted a binding vote based on a 40% turnout but the States rejected the idea.

However, SACC President Matt Fallaize remains hopeful an agreement can be reached.

Matt Fallaize

I think it might be possible for us to get a majority of the States - it wasn't this week but it may be in the weeks ahead - to commit to some kind of arrangement that makes it politically binding.

Deputy Matt FallaizePresident, States Assembly and Constitution Committee

Air search for missing man

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Channel Islands Air Search was involved in this morning's search for a missing man.

An aircraft was called out at 05:20 by Jersey Coastguard to search for an "elderly person missing on the north coast cliff area of Jersey".

But it was a call to Jersey police, just after 06:00 that notified them to a body on the beach at L’Etacq on Jersey's northwest coast.

It's believed to be that of missing holidaymaker, 80-year-old Antonio Fernandes, but police aren't able to confirm the identity.

He has been missing since Thursday and was last seen near Sorel Point.

Natwest changes local trading name

Guernsey Press

Natwest in Guernsey has changed its trading name to comply with the long-awaited ring-fencing legislation being brought into the banking sector by the UK government.

Jersey body believed to be missing holidaymaker

BBC Radio Jersey

A body found on the beach at L'Etacq this morning is believed to be a missing holidaymaker.

80-year-old Antonio Fernandes has been missing since Thursday. He was last seen near Sorel Point.

Jersey Police said: "We believe this to be the missing man we have been searching for overnight, although we can’t currently confirm this."

Police were called just after 06:00 to reports of a body.

Earlier, Channel Islands Air Search was called out at 05:20 by Jersey Coastguard to search for an elderly person missing on the north coast cliff area of Jersey.

The force said there are no suspicious circumstances, and officers are with his family at this time.