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  1. Our coverage for the day

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for the day.

    We'll be back on Tuesday from 08:00 with the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

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

  2. Charity reports 25 year peak of homeless people needing shelter

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The chairman of the Shelter Trust in Jersey which offers accommodation to homeless people in Jersey has said the charity has hit its busiest point for the last 25 years.

    Neville Benbow said more than a 100 people stay with them every night but while numbers are increasing they would never turn anyone away.

    The Sanctuary Trust, which offers a similar service to men, has reported turning people away as their facilities have become full.

    Quote Message: We are extremely busy at the moment. We have over a hundred people staying with us every night, but we will always find room for someone without a bed, because it's so important for people to have somewhere to sleep at night. from Neville Benbow The Sanctuary Trust
    Neville BenbowThe Sanctuary Trust
  3. Occasional showers possible, mostly dry

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    We may continue to see the odd shower this evening, although it should be a mostly dry and bright end to the day.

    There is the chance of some heavier showers moving up from the southwest overnight. Minimum Temperature: 16 Deg C (61 Deg F)

  4. Chamber of commerce heads urge businesses to take part in survey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The chambers of commerce in Jersey and Guernsey have urged business travellers to complete a survey by airline Blue Islands on inter-island travel.

    The airline released the survey previously to gather opinions before reviewing their flight schedule, but did not receive enough responses.

    Blue Island's chief executive officer, Rob Veron, said "Blue Islands is a market-led company, and we will respond to what our customers are telling us they want."

    The heads of the island's chambers have expressed their support for the survey, and improved inter-island travel.

    Quote Message: Inter-island connectivity is a vital link for businesses with existing offices in both islands and those companies looking to develop leads. In order to ensure our providers are meeting the demands of commerce, it’s important commerce provide an insight into their travel requirements and surveys such as this will help provide that knowledge. from Gillian Martindale-Parsons Chief Executive, Jersey Chamber of Commerce
    Gillian Martindale-ParsonsChief Executive, Jersey Chamber of Commerce
    Quote Message: I would encourage as many people as possible to take part in this survey as the chamber has already identified the need for closer links between the islands’ business communities. It would provide valuable insight if that level of interest was replicated in determining what type of air links are needed between Jersey and Guernsey. from John O’Neill Director, Guernsey Chamber of Commerce
    John O’NeillDirector, Guernsey Chamber of Commerce
  5. £8,000 cocaine smuggler jailed

    Julie Flanagan

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A man has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for trying to smuggle £8,000 worth of cocaine into Jersey.

    Jersey's Royal court heard Gerard Anthony Meadows was found with cocaine inside him, after being arrested at Jersey airport.

    42-year-old Meadows, from Liverpool, was stopped at the airport and taken to hospital for X-rays and four packages of cocaine were found inside him.

    He told officers he had used cocaine and cannabis whilst in Liverpool and he had also used both drugs in Jersey.

    In his defence the court was told Meadows was genuinely ashamed of his actions and regretful. An order was made for the drugs to be destroyed.

  6. Display board with historic map could be put up at La Vallette

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The team behind the restoration of La Vallette is hoping to put up a display board with a copy of the original plans for the area.

    The nine foot by three foot surveyor's map, which dates back to 1867, was found in a secret draw of a cupboard following a clear out of the St Peter Port Constables' Office.

    The original map is already on display in the Priaulx Library.

    Chairman of the La Vallette Legacy team, Pat Johnson says it will show people the designers original intentions for the area.

    Quote Message: The layout of the land and everything else and their intentions were there. This plan was done probably seven to ten years before some of the pools were actually built so it has more of a recollection of the physical attributes of the area before some of the work was done. from Pat Johnson Chair, La Vallette Legacy Team
    Pat JohnsonChair, La Vallette Legacy Team
  7. Calls for NHS to learn from Guernsey healthcare 'misplaced'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Calls for the NHS to take lessons from Guernsey are "misplaced" according to the President of the Committee for Health and Social Care after a right-wing think tank looked at the island's system as a model for the UK.

    Heidi Soulsby

    The article on the website of the Institute of Economic Affairs says the system of pay-as-you go for GP visits, along with the way the Medical Specialist Group and the hospital are funded, provide lessons for what's described as "an NHS in crisis".

    But Deputy Heidi Soulsby says the author should have spoken to her first.

    She said Guernsey's Health System is neither affordable nor equitable and unless things change it will be impossible to meet ever increasing demands.

  8. Battle of Flowers: In case you missed it

    BBC Channel Islands News

    If you didn't manage to see this year's battle of flowers, have no fear, check out our full coverage here, or on catch up.

    Video content

    Video caption: Every float and almost every flower! Jersey Battle of Flowers 2017 highlights.
  9. Economic development president 'frustrated' over lack of progress

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The president of the Committee for Economic Development has said the States needs to get behind plans for improving prospects in Guernsey.

    Deputy Peter Ferbrache said he was frustrated by the lack of progress on all fronts, particularly delays in reviewing the island's vital transport links.

    Mr Ferbrache said his committee would be putting plans before the States in the autumn and if he does not get backing he will "consider his position".

    Quote Message: We're in a democracy, those are decisions that the States would be able to look at and say 'we don't like the Peter Ferbrache economic development committee blueprint for the economy' and if they don't like it, then there's no point lingering around in office, you do something else. from Deputy Peter Ferbrache President, Committee for Economic Development
    Deputy Peter FerbrachePresident, Committee for Economic Development
  10. Court hears packages of heroin 'professionally wrapped'

    Julie Flanagan

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A 45-year-old man has been sentenced to six years in prison, and recommended for deportation after trying to import heroin into Jersey, Jersey's Royal Court heard.

    Jose Manuel Ferraz Figueira

    Jose Manuel Ferraz Figueira, from Madeira ingested 41.5 grams of heroin, with an estmated street value of £41,500.

    The court heard Figueira eventually admitted to customs officers he was holding the heroin when he was detained after getting off the ferry at St Malo and having an X-ray.

    Initially he claimed the drugs were for his own personal use because he was a heavy user but a Customs Officer said the amount found was wildly in excess of what researchers said was feasible.

    The next day he produced five wrapped packages customs officials described as "professionally wrapped".

    Sentencing Deputy Bailiff, Tim Le Cocq said he had only given a guilty plea after an X-ray was taken, and he had given different versions of what had happened to reduce his guilt.

    He said Figueira's "continued residence" in Jersey would be "to the detriment of the island".

  11. ‘Pop-up brothels’ investigated

    Jersey Evening Post

    Prostitutes working in the Island are turning short-term accommodation lets into "pop up brothels", it has emerged.

  12. Jersey Airport: Drunken behaviour 'not a big problem'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Airport officials say drunken behaviour on flights from Jersey Airport is not a problem because people spend less time waiting for their aircraft in the island.

    Alcohol at an airport shop

    In the UK there has been a 50% rise in the number of arrests of passengers suspected of being drunk at airports and on flights. The BBC has obtained figures showing there were 387 arrests in the year to February.

    Quote Message: Fortunately we're not overly concerned at Jersey Airport. Obviously in the UK people's dwell time tends to be a lot longer, certainly if they're travelling on long haul flights, whereas the average wait at Jersey Airport, unless there's a delay is about an hour or so. I'm not saying we've not had passengers that have been unfit to travel but of course we do take this matter very seriously, and approach the relevant authorities should the case happen. from Alan Donald Ports of Jersey
    Alan DonaldPorts of Jersey
  13. Investigation into fire which gutted roofing firm

    Jersey Evening Post

    Investigations are continuing into the cause of a fire which destroyed a building occupied by a roofing company.

  14. BreakingMan sentenced to six years for importing heroin

    Julie Flanagan

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A 45-year-old Madeiran man has been sentenced to six years in prison for importing heroin into Jersey with an estimated street value of £41,500.

    Jose Manuel Ferraz Figueira has been recommended for deportation.

    Jersey's Royal Court heard Figueira was stopped in Jersey in December 2016 after getting off a ferry from St. Malo. The defendant had very little money, no bank or credit cards and said he would be staying in Jersey for three days with a friend, the court heard.

    Figueira was taken to hospital for an X-ray, and the results were described as "suspicious", the court heard. He later admitted to customs officers he had three packages of heroin concealed internally.

    Five packages were found to contain 41.5 grams of powder which was 9% pure.

  15. New chief executive for Alderney will face 'considerable challenges'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Alderney politician Graham MckInley says any new chief executive for the island will face "considerable" challenges, including an ageing population, transport links, the France, Alderney, Britain cable link and Brexit.

    He added commercial expertise and leadership would be more important than purely administrative skills.

    The role is currently vacant since the last appointee, Victor Brownlees, left the post in May.

    Alderney States chamber
    Image caption: The next chief executive will work with politicians in the States Assembly
    Quote Message: We're not just looking for a bureaucratic civil servant, we're looking for someone, if you like, some financial experience or understanding of finance, and someone with commercial, rather than bureaucratic interest. from Graham MckInley
    Graham MckInley
  16. West Hill fire: Drone footage released of damage

    Rob England

    BBC News Online


    Pictures have been released showing the damage caused to an industrial building after a major fire.

    A spokeswoman from Jersey fire service said the flames "quickly took hold of the roof of the building" before breaking through and "spreading rapidly along the length" of the structure at West Hill, in St Helier on Friday evening.

    Image caption: Eighteen firefighters tackled the blaze

    A spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with the company involved and we wish them a speedy recovery from this devastating fire."

    Station commander, Marc Le Cornu, said the firefighters had "undoubtedly saved a couple of adjoining buildings and businesses from also being destroyed by the fire".

    An investigation into the cause is on-going. Jersey police said officers are not treating it as suspicious.

    West Hill Fire
  17. Man injured in wingmirror hit by vehicle

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A man was treated in A&E after he was injured by a vehicle that didn't stop, say police.

    The man was walking along Don road, opposite The Admiral pub in St Helier, at about 14:50 on Wednesday.

    The mirror from the vehicle hit the victim on the arm.

    Police described it as a large, white, "passenger style" vehicle, similar to a minibus and asked anyone with information to contact them.

  18. Committee president 'to consider resigning' over transport link review

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The politician responsible for Guernsey's tourism industry say he will consider resigning if he does not get his way on making the island's transport links "more competitive".

    President for the Committee for Economic Development, Deputy Peter Ferbrache, has said he is frustrated at the progress of the latest review into Guernsey's air and sea links.

    Deputy Ferbrache said he hopes the States will back him in considering the full business case for an airport runway extension.

    Guernsey airport
    Quote Message: To say that I'm happy with the pace of things would not be true. But by the end of this year we will be coming back to the States saying 'this is our green paper, this is what we think should happen in relation to various parts of our economy, back us, or do not back us." from Deputy Peter Ferbrache President of the Committee for Economic Development
    Deputy Peter FerbrachePresident of the Committee for Economic Development
  19. Police seek witnesses after two assaults in St Peter Port

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey Police are appealing for witnesses to two assaults that took place at the weekend.

    Both were in St Peter Port in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    The first took place at the taxi rank at Glategny Esplanade at about 01:40 and the second was at North Plantation at about 02:45.

    At the taxi rank a male indecently assaulted another male, and at North Plantation two men allegedly headbutted another man and pushed him across the road.